“A democracy of images” John Gianvito in conversation

Austin, Thomas (2018) “A democracy of images” John Gianvito in conversation. Senses of Cinema (86). ISSN 1443-4059

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Abstract

Slow-paced but urgent, John Gianvito’s incendiary nine-hour diptych For Example, The Philippines is a stunning feat of political filmmaking. Emotionally gripping, historically revelatory, and at times vividly beautiful, this indictment of American imperialism and militarism, and the toxic environmental footprint it has left in many parts of the globe, intertwines a previously submerged history of the Philippine-American war with searing contemporary footage of impoverished families confronted with appalling health problems and birth defects due to working on, or living near, US military facilities. Vapor Trail (Clark) (264 mins, 2010) centres on an air base and Wake (Subic) (277 mins, 2015) a naval base, both now abandoned parts of what was, until the Gulf war, America’s largest overseas military presence.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: John Gianvito, documentary, politics, American imperialism, For Example The Philippines
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion pictures
Depositing User: Thomas Austin
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2018 12:16
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2018 15:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74808
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