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BEST PRACTICE / INTERNATIONAL FORUM
LECTURES & DISCUSSIONS

FRI 11 MARCH, 11:30 - 17:00
AUSTRIAN FILM MUSEUM

FREE ADMISSION

Intergenerational Trauma will be one of the focal points of this edition. Questions and topics include the symbiosis between political and interpersonal causes and sources of trauma, from the microcosm of the family to the macrocosm of the state, from the past to the future and the in-between. Animation is able to communicate what can barely be communicated. We will, therefore, focus once more on the power and potential of animation: as a tool for healing, for breaking silence(s), for reflection, for empowerment, for making the unseen visible and for making the (almost) impossible possible – an invitation to the imagination. All speakers are animation filmmakers and will talk about their latest films and/or the projects they are currently working on.

Best Practice 2019 © Photo by Evelyn Rois

11:30 FLORENCE MIAILHE
LA TRAVERSÉE IN A FEW STEPS

Florence Miailhe will talk about how a story is built, everything that is put into place to make a film like La Traversée: from the story of her great grandparents to the pressing issues of our time to the other tales and stories but also the gigantic work that direct animation under the camera requires.

12:15 YULIYA LANINA
TRAUMA, SILENCE AND REPETITION: YULIYA LANINA’S GEFILTE FISH

Yuliya Lanina, a Russian-Jewish-American interdisciplinary artist, will present Gefilte Fish, an autobiographical animated story based on her ink drawings and family history. It addresses intergenerational trauma stemming from the Holocaust and examines the societal and personal silencing of truth which perpetuates the cycle of abuse. The project centers around the children of survivors whose suffering is rarely acknowledged, yet who often must deal with the effects of their parents’ broken past.

13:00 TERRIL CALDER
HUMANIZING THE "OTHER": TAKING BACK OUR INDIGENOUS STORIES AND NARRATIVES IN FILM

Terril Calder's talk will focus on her experience with humanizing the "other" in film and how she and her indigenous colleagues have reclaimed their stories and narratives in film as a way of activism and healing. Calder will unpack her most recent works to explore the power of filmmaking to evoke political change.

Best Practice 2019 © Photo by Evelyn Rois

14:15 ANA MARIA VALLEJO
SONG OF THE FLIES: ON ANIMATED POETRY AND THE ITERATION OF VIOLENCE

Using the 1998 book of poems by Colombian poet Maria Mercedes Carranza as the vehicle for an audiovisual dialogue between nine Colombian women artists, the experimental animated film Song of the Flies enquires into the normalization and repetition of violence in the latest iteration of Colombia's long history of armed conflict. During the production of the film, the artists researched the violent events related in the poems, investigated their own family stories, and created images and sounds to name the fears and the unspoken pain they and the generations before them have suffered. This lecture will focus on how poetry and experimental animation create a space for reflection and provide a medium through which the history and stories of violence can be confronted, and it will look into the collaborative production of animation as a strategy for making visible the unspoken pain and the construction of collective memory.

15:00 SALLY PEARCE
USING ANIMATION TO RE-ANIMATE MEMORIES OF TRAUMA

The idea that traumatic memories are transmissible through cultural activities – such as photography and film – to people who did not actually have the experiences has been criticized on the grounds that the relationship between the past and memory is indexical. In this talk, Sally Pearce complicates the idea of indexicality between the past and memory by exploring the complex interaction of trauma, animation and identity in Chernobyl Journey. In this work-in-progress documentary feature, Pearce uses live action footage to document her four trips to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in search of rare Przewalski Horses (2009- 2015) whilst animation unravels the journey backwards, tracing her fascination for the Exclusion Zone back to memories of being acutely ill (May to August 1986).

15:45 EMILCE AVALOS

FUTURE WOMAN: DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION AND AN INVITATION TO IMAGINE A POSSIBLE FUTURE

In this lecture, director Emilce Avalos will present her animated documentary project Future Woman. It is in development stage and begins with an essential question: As feminism is changing our lives, where do we go from here? Focusing on Argentinian society and the impetus of feminist movements over the last few years, Future Woman reflects the impact feminism has had on women’s daily lives and, through animation, illustrates possible new realities. It is an investigation that emerges through interviews with women in this particular moment of transition, revealing the changes that will help us map out the women of the future. And thus, society at large.