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.