A revolutionary road to cut through the impassable mountains, a revolutionary march from the Sierra Maestra, so end Mikhail Kalatozov’s legendary films, SALT FOR SVANETIA (1929) and I AM CUBA (1964). Anke Hennig and Rachel Moore will screen and introduce these revolutionary films, made by Kalatozov some thirty years apart. The event will focus on the power of materials –the need for salt in Svanetia and the excessive exploitation on Cuba’s sugar plantations. The films employ the Factographic aesthetics of Tretyakov, who wrote the script for SALT FOR SVANETIA and argued that materials have the power to cause revolutionary upheaval and renew social relations.
Anke Hennig is co-founder of the research platform Speculative Poetics. Currently she is Visiting Professor at University of the Arts Berlin and Fellow at the Cinepoetics Center for Advanced Film Studies, Berlin. Rachel Moore is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and a participant in the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. Hennig and Moore’s co-authored book on the theme of this event will be published in 2018.