An Inconsolable Memory is Aryan Kaganof’s film about the Eoan Group book project that began in 2008 and ended in 2013 with the publication of the book Eoan: Our Story. Combining rare archival film footage of District Six and Eoan’s opera performances with contemporary documentation of book meetings and interviews, An Inconsolable Memory forges documentary narrative and poetic meditation on memory into a single compelling form. What was Eoan? What did it mean to the people who took part in its many productions? How did their stories and the material in the Stellenbosch University archive merge into the oral history project which became Eoan: Our Story? These questions propel Kaganof’s documentary, but form only the surface of a richer and deeply tragic story. An Inconsolable Memory dwells on what it meant to be “coloured” in apartheid South Africa, how legislated “coloureds” could perform Italian opera and the painful compromises ordinary people had to make to survive apartheid. Ultimately, the film is a moving tribute to the individuals who tell their stories and those they remember. Combining formal innovation with empathy and shattering political analysis, Kaganof succeeds in creating a cathartic elegiac lament for the tragedy of apartheid through telling the story of South Africa’s first opera company, Eoan.
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