The portrait of a man with no scrupulousness, who lit wars and helped to destroy countries - Influence - and the beautiful and powerful call for disarmament in The Undertaker.

Influence

Richard Poplak, Diana Neille, South Africa, Canada / English, Spanish / 2020 / 90' / European Premiere

A portrait of controversial, English figure Lord Timothy Bell who died recently and an investigation into the rise and fall of the world’s most notorious public relations and advertising firm : the British multinational Bell Pottinger.
Working with Margaret Thatcher, the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, later branching out into France, Africa, Russia, the Middle East, Bell quickly earned a reputation but finally declined after the Gupta brothers-Zuma corruption scandal in South Africa.

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The Undertaker

Yael Bartana, Netherlands, USA No Dialogue / 2018 / 13' / UK Premiere

An obscure figure leads her swarm of armed followers in a ceremonial march on the way to perform a mass burial ritual. Carrying weapons from different historical contexts, the choreographed group strides through numerous locations, being guided by their leader to the burial site in which they dispose of the weapons they possess. Rather than a memorial to the dead, the group creates a human monument for the living, linked up with ghosts of the past. Militarism, nationhood, belonging, and memory: the function of weapons in the perpetuation of systems of violence, repression, and displacement.

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