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Abigail Child, Acts and Intermissions: Emma Goldman in America

Acts and Intermissions: Emma Goldman in America + Q&A

7 Jun 2017

This UK premiere screening is followed by a Q&A with director Abigail Child.

A new experimental documentary feature utilising the life of Emma Goldman to explore the resurgence of protest in the 21st century. The work is hybrid and prismatic, including contemporary footage, archive and re-enactment to expose the continuing conflicts between labour and property, revolutionary purity and personal freedom.

The film performs time travel, intercutting moments from Emma’s life with her prescient speeches, weaving industrial-era factory labour with computer data centres with Emma’s intimate diaries to explore human vulnerabilities, compromis­es and choices. Known as the “most dangerous woman alive,” Emma was also passionate and sexual, and beauty, art and humour were part of the freedoms for which she was fighting. The film creates a dialogue on individual liberties and anarchism: how do we risk and how are we compromised? These are questions that have only become more relevant in our current political climate.

Acts and Intermissions: Emma Goldman in America, dir. Abigail Child, UK 2017, 57 minutes

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