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35mm found footage transferred to HD | color & sound  | 2013 | 10 min.

Unfortunately It Was Paradise utilizes found footage taken from 1970s Ukrainian documentaries and communist propaganda films. Working with formal, collage-like approaches, the film strips the images away from their political context and meanings. Focusing on daily rituals and repetitive gestures, the project creates a hypnotic and meditative experience. A slow architecture constantly shifting between stasis and motion.

concept / montage   Ralitsa Doncheva 


sound design   Robin Pineda Gould

35mm film archives courtesy to Richard Kerr.

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