The Forgotten Space

^ Still from The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch, 2010. 112 min.

 

‘Human beings are over 70 per cent water. 90 per cent of international trade moves via water. Yet, as Allan Sekula and Noel Burch argue in this brilliant and internationally acclaimed film essay, modern society is ‘terracentric’, and thinks that history only happens on land.’ [Source> rmg] 

The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

A range of materials is used: descriptive documentary, interviews, archive stills and footage, clips from old movies. The result is an essayistic, visual documentary about one of the most important processes that affects us today. The Forgotten Space is based on Sekula’s Fish Story, seeking to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea.’

 

 

^ Still from The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch, 2010. 112 min.

 

Thanks, Bea!

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