To rule the sea is to ruin the world.
The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which leads the world economy to the abyss. Allan Sekula and Noël Burch's extraordinary film follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system - from displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, to factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle.
Introduced by Adam Pugh of the Independent Cinema Office
Sugg. cert PG - to be confirmed
Running time: Introduction + 1h52m film
“…filming the forgotten resistance at sea…” – GUARDIAN (full review HERE)
“...an engrossing and provocative essay film ... the defense of human dignity in the face of a system that so often appears hostile or indifferent to it” – NEW YORK TIMES (full review HERE)
“Epic in scope, intellectual agility, and the potential to induce panic and despair, this documentary exploration of global trade as an emblem of economic apocalypse avoids (just barely) doom-mongering by virtue of its compassion and visual grandeur" - VILLAGE VOICE (full review HERE)
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The Maltings in association with Berwick Visual Arts invites you to come and experience the thrill of exploration and discovery as you broaden your cinematic horizons. ASPECT is a new series of alternative cinema at The Maltings, including artists’ films, documentaries, film essays, guest speakers, artist talks & Q&A, special events and more. ASPECT Series #1 features six screenings taking place at The Maltings from January > July 2015 on selected Wednesdays:
21 January (The Forgotten Space)
11 March (Smoke & Mirrors)
15 April (Episode of the Sea)
13 May (tba)
24 June (tba)
29 July (tba)
ASPECT is an Independent Cinema Office initiative funded by Arts Council England.