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

concept / montage         

Ralitsa Doncheva 

sound design       

Robin Pineda Gould

Unfortunately It Was Paradise works with images taken from 1970s Ukrainian documentary and communist propaganda films. Playing with formal, collage-like approaches and associative editing, the film strips the images away from their original political contexts and creates a hypnotic viewing experience. 


A swirl of images unfold in circles without a linear sense of progression. It ends at the same place it begins, on a distance echo, in a field of grass, evoking a cycle of life.

Ralitsa Doncheva