234 The Absence (OT: La ausencia)

The Absence (OT: La ausencia) (234)

16:00, Thursday 02nd July, Theatre B

  • Director: Ricardo Green (CHI/UK)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 12'
  • Format: mini DV, Super8

Set to unravel the central yet invisible place of female domestic workers in Chilean culture, this film departs on a journey through time and space, exploring the production and reproduction of family memories through photo albums and the uses of space. Walking across the different rooms of a particular home, "La Ausencia" aims to unlock the stories fixed in its walls.

This micro-expedition raises questions regarding the limits of memory, the sense of place, the uses of photography and the fussiness of kinship, through which it finally conveys the concealed and blurred situation in which domestic workers are immersed.

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