Wittgenstein Tractatus and Meanwhile Somewhere

In Wittgenstein Tractatus (32 mins) each of Forgács's brief essays, seven in all, refers to one of the philosophical propositions from the famed 1921 text. Forgács shows through these writings how his delicate home movies, used like torn photographs, can bear the weight of pure sense experience. Meanwhile Somewhere (52 mins) gathers together home movies from numerous countries to present the persistence of the everyday in Europe in the forties-celebrating weddings, indulging in picnics, ice skating in a frosty mist-while elsewhere the war rages. Puncturing the oblivion, Forgács includes amateur footage of an act of public humiliation at the hands of the Nazis with townspeople as indifferent witnesses. This chilling work compels viewers to find merit in their own distance.

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