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After-wars

Short videos, mostly about people living in the wake of violence. Zoe Roland's moving From Memory (2001) focuses on nine New Zealanders who fought in Vietnam, carefully orchestrating their voices on the sound track alongside old footage, stills, and mortality statistics to make palpable the ways a past war affects lives in the present. Diane Nerwen also works with multiple voices, in this case American Jews and young Germans talking about their feelings toward contemporary Germany, but her video In the Blood never digests its raw data. Tina M. Bastajian addresses the Armenian genocide in Jagadakeer . . . Between the Near and East (2001), which ranges from the banal (Jeopardy questions on Armenia) to the cryptic (what's with the belly dancer?). But in the funny and original Cat Lady (2001), Liesel de Boor cleverly edits old home movies to illustrate her grandmother's tall tale about a pet cat who served in World War II. On the same program, Silent Song by Elida Schogt. 102 min.

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