Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
Serious Games III: Immersion (2009) Directed by Harun Farocki
Continuity (2016) Directed by Omer Fast
Presented by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies
Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.
What are the connections between images, war, trauma, and the contemporary? Harun Farocki and Omer Fast explore this question by looking at the clinical phenomenon of PTSD as a cultural symptom ripe with political ramifications. In Serious Games III: Immersion (2009), Farocki explores the ways in which virtual reality is used to recruit and train soldiers as well as is employed to treat US soldiers suffering from PTSD. Omer Fast’s Continuity (2016) expands upon this theme by telling the story of a German soldier returning from Afghanistan. The film works with the deviations inherent to repetitions, thereby not only creating hauntingly (sur)real worlds but also attesting to the power of images and their connection to the political imagination. Introduction by Mareike Lange and Anna Senuysal, University of Cincinnati. (85 min)