TALK with Khristine Gillard

RAZGOVOR sa Khristine Gillard

Politics of the Ordinary: Care and Political Repair / Politika običnih: Briga i političke popravke
11.12.2020 - 18:00h (CET TIME)

Cochihza – Under the stars, with the memory of the ancestors

“When finally there was enough to eat in the house,
Like here on the island, where we all have
our 3 or 4 bags of beans in the house...
5 bags of rice...
and plantains.
More than the king! And fish...
And they had a happy life here.
Then men began to wonder about
the constellations...”
Cochihza

In industrial and post-industrial societies, the connection with the earth, with the land, the rivers, the mountains and the stars, are lost. The capacity of having a dialogue between nature and humans seems infeasible. Thus, for many going to the primal, to the ancestors among some of the existing tribes today becomes a way for reimagining new ways. The main protagonist in Khristine Gillard’s film “Cochihza” is an active volcano in Ometepe, Nicaragua. In the island, the residents live according to the natural rhythm of the environment. Traditional life of contemplation and work according to the natural cycles, unlearned and forgotten by our modern societies, is what drives the community.

Cochiza – Pod zvijezdama, sa sjećanjem na pretke

„Kada je konačno bilo dosta toga da se jede u kući,
Kao i ovdje na ostrvu, gdje svi imamo
Naše 3 ili 4 vreće graha u kući...
5 vreća riže...
i bokvicu.
Više od kralja! I ribu...
I tu su sretno živjeli.
I onda se muškarci počeše pitati
o sazviježđima...“
Cochihza

U industrijskim i postindustrijskim društvima, odnos sa zemljom, sa zemljištem, rijekama, planinama i zvijezdama je izgubljen. Mogućnost postojanja dijaloga među prirodom i ljudima čini se neizvodljivom. Stoga, povratak primalnom, i precima nekih od postojećih plemena, za mnoge danas postaje način reinventiranja novih putokaza. Protagonista filma “Cochihza” autorice Christine Gillard je aktivni vulkan u Ometepeu, Nikaragvi. Na ostrvu, stanovnici žive u skladu sa prirodnim ritmom okoline. Tradicionalni život kontemplacije i rada u skladu sa prirodnim ciklusima, nenaučenim i zaboravljenim u našim modernim društvima, pokretač je ove zajednice.

Bio

Khristine Gillard (1972) lives and works in Brussels – Belgium. Filmmaker, founding member of LABO Bxl —shared cinematographic lab for research on celluloid. She directed Des Hommes (2008), Miramen (2011), Cochihza (2013), Eau Vive - Conversation with a Cinematographer (2015). Working with sound and image, her projects can take the form of installations, photographes and other chemical experiments. She creates the visuals for the music project PRAIRIE. Her films are screened in various international festivals and venues (e.a. MoMA Documentary Fortnight NY, Visions du Réel, IFFR Rotterdam, TIDF Taiwan, Torino Film Festival, Festival d'Amiens, Etats Généraux du film documentaire Lussas, Punto de Vista, Docville, Théâtre National de Belgique, Barbican London etc).

Bio

Khristine Gillard (1972) živi i radi u Briselu, Belgiji. Režiserka je i suosnivačica LABO Bxl, partnerskog kinematografskog laboratorija za istraživanja na celuloidu. Režirala je  “Des Hommes” (2008), “Miramen” (2011), “Cochihza” (2013), “Eau Vive - Conversation with a Cinematographer” (2015). U kombinaciji rada sa zvukom i slikom, njeni projekti mogu poprimiti formu instalacija, fotografija i drugih hemijskih eksperimenata. Radila je vizuale za muzički projekat PRAIRIE. Njeni filmovi su prikazani na brojnim internacionalnim festivalima i galerijama (npr. MoMA Documentary Fortnight NY, Visions du Réel, IFFR Rotterdam, TIDF Taiwan, Torino FF itd.).