Post-structuralist study. School children emerge slowly from a classroom during an air raid preparedness drill - circa early 1950s - demonstrating a culture that fosters fear, alarm, sadness, trauma, and a frightening level of conformity.
There is a strong level of awareness and performativity in the facial expressions of the children. They are well aware that a camera is recording them, yet their faces betray a wide array of strong emotions; from anger to boredom to fear. The children behave as prisoners; prisoners of "freedom."
PLEASE NOTE: Loud alarms sound during this entire film. Here is the SILENT version of Obey / Follow: vimeo.com/246618323
“Obey / Follow” - a short film by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Featured on "Short Film Today," (April 2017). shortfilmtoday.com/2017/04/obey-or-follow.html
This film is made from material in the Public Domain, or released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.
"Obey / Follow" is a video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2016 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.