The Invention has been shortlisted for the RAI Prize and Basil Wright Prize and will be screened in competition at the 12th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film at UCL, London 23rd June 2011, at 13.30 pm.
Experimental documentary using the juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated elements to allow a poetic truth to become apparent. An interview with a blind Anglo-Irishman is intercut with imagery shot in Nicaragua by the interviewer/filmmaker. The man speaks about his visual lexicon, and describes some of the imagery we see on screen, as he has memorized from the descriptions the filmmaker has given him earlier. The construction and production of imagery, notions of unseeing, social construction and ethics of ‘third world’ image production are explored with a provocatively simple mechanism.
See also the related series of documentary films 'The Right to Play: Producing Images from Nicaragua' here: