CHANTAL AKERMAN: CONTRE L'OUBLI/AGAINST OBLIVION - Histoires d'Amerique

Co-presented by Women of Cinefamily & La Collectionneuse

Flipping the final image from News From Home (a slowly-shrinking Manhattan), Histoires instead approaches Manhattan, and with it a subject that informs every film Akerman touched: her Jewish identity. A group of first and second generation Eastern European Jewish immigrants—some professional actors, many non-actors, and a slew of comedians—tell a fragmented cornucopia of stories, along with sketches and jokes (and no shortage of deafening silences), in an informal history of Jewish culture (subtitled Food, Family and Philosophy) of the last hundred years. Chantal’s camera stalks New York, compiling an expressive history not merely with her subjects, but also the city’s exteriors.

Dir. Chantal Akerman, 1989, DCP (Courtesy of Mallia Films), 92 min.