'What About American History' is an experimental short movie. The film has been made without a script, only using documentary footage, shot during several journey's throughout the United States. We follow the abstract tale of 4 young men. They are connected in a random way. They are bystanders in each others unique and abnormal situation. They are all partially masked. There is the idea of a constructed chaos. Questions about the self occur. Through the edit itself, this 'identity question', becomes the main theme of the film. On a specific moment the video screen breaks into two pieces. We see a transformation of the screen itself: two rectangles changing, slowly morphing into a face made of moving video cadres. The screen itself is becoming a face, a mask, starring at the audience. In a very organic way, this film enlarges its own theme and is growing into a very special own universe. -Inventing a new language, it is the task of the audience to find a key into this world of new myths. It is absurdism. It is a visual game. It is about filmic tools, it is about form. It is about playing with the rules of narrative cinema. It is about creating suspension. It is a way of thinking and rethinking concepts on a visual level. But it is also a pure philosophical expansion: trying to dig into the created fiction of the blackness of the video screen itself: how the black screen is taking over, how the frames are fighting with the wideness of the framework. The black. Always the black.
What About American History is an associative journey into a world full of masks, tv and mystery. It explores new visual forms in video and narratives. And while doing so, it comments on a contemporary America and how we, as the mondial current generation, are influenced by its culture.
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