22min.26sec three screen installation
plus a 10mins single screen installation
Director: Ian McDonald
Producer: Geetha Jayaraman
Camera and Editing: Ian McDonald
Postproduction supervisor: Ajithkumar B
Sound mixing: Harikumar N
Colour correction: Matt Robinson
Sound assistant: Evripidis Karydis
Camera assistant: Chidambaram Poduval
Additional camera (London): Ang Gao, Sarah Batty, Dave George, Vicky Jameson, Elly Jeffrey, Ignas Kazlauskas, Karishma Patel, Zixian Li, Dasha Shvartcman
Editing assistants: Rinju R V & Sanjay Suresh
An Interventions production
Supported by The Great North Museum: Hancock and the Arts Council of England
All archive courtesy of North East Film Archive (NEFA)
FREEDOM celebrates the political energy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and underscores the ‘fierce urgency of now’. Dr King’s impromptu acceptance speech while receiving an honorary doctorate at Newcastle University in 1967 is set within an immersive visual and visceral experience of contemporary protests from both sides of the Atlantic juxtaposed with rarely and some unseen archive footage of Enoch Powell’s controversial visit to Newcastle.
In orchestrating the play of images across the three screens, between contemporary protests be it London or New York, archive footage from the late 60s be it workers or students and Dr King’s powerful address in Newcastle, FREEDOM also echoes the cinematic experiments in polyvision by French filmmaker Abel Gance in the 20s. Thus, even as triptych juxtaposition is used, FREEDOM moves beyond the clash to expand the field of vision by layering the meanings that arise out of play and counter play. Simultaneously, in the visual threading of the visit with the radical legacy of Dr King, FREEDOM embodies the spirit of hope and resistance.
FREEDOM also offers a space for reflection with a fourth screen where the three oceans meet, a unique place at the tip of India visited by King on his pilgrimage to the ‘Land of Gandhi’.