Alina Ozerova

Title: double F for Final Fantasy
Directed and produced by Alina Ozerova
Duration: 07:00
Format: 8mm transfer to digital, color/black and white, sound
Language: English
Production date: 25.05.2015
Production country: The Netherlands
Acknowledgements: Script, editing and sound design by Alina Ozerova, sound effects and mixing by Rick Haring

double F for Final Fantasy

In 1980 a tourist voyage of a family reached the outer folds of Iron Curtain. 8mm camera was brought to document both intimate and typical moments of the tour. 35 years later the film footage is digitized and parts of it are lost. Coming from a country with a long history of repressive forgetfulness, I approach the unreflected episodes of the past and make a link between private and social history.

A documentary essay re-interpreting a touristic voyage of relatives and friends who got the permission to reach the outer folds of Iron Curtain. The 8mm camera they brought along was documenting both intimate and typical moments of the tour: street views, swimming in the lake, and incredible amount of Soviet monuments on the way.
35 years after that trip original film footage is digitized and parts of it are lost due to the time damage, not sharp focus of the original lens or digital correction side-effects. Coming from a country with a long history of repressive forgetfulness, now I might need to practice oblivion as a part of a new identity formation, as a way to get forward. This results in an experimental essay adapting touristic posters claims to highlight the unreflected episodes of the past and make a link between private history and ‘here and now’.

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