EVIDENCE OF THE EVIDENCE

By Alexander JOHNSTON

RIFLE BABY PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Social issues - Completed 2018

A meta-reflection on the role of the camera as weapon and maker of history, EVIDENCE OF THE EVIDENCE chronicles the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, “the bloodiest one-day encounter between Americans since the Civil War.”

Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale - EFM 2018
Forum Expanded
IndieLisboa 2018
Camden International Film Festival 2018
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival 2018
Iowa City Documentary Film Festival 2018
American Film Institute 2018
Message to Man International Film Festival 2018
TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL 2018
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Documentary, Experimental
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH-UNITED STATES
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 21 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alexander JOHNSTON
    • Synopsis
    • The 1971 Attica prison uprising is a signature moment of radical resistance for the American Civil Rights movement. The subsequent retaking of the prison, “the bloodiest one-day encounter between Americans since the Civil War,” is an open wound. "Evidence of the Evidence" explores this tortured history through a granular interrogation of its archival materials. Utilizing rarely seen video recordings shot by a New York State Trooper, the film offers a visceral ground level account of the events at Attica, but also chronicles the contemporaneous mediation and narrativization of these events. Recalling Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică's "Videograms of A Revolution," it reflects on the role that moving images play in the production of history and memory, its creation and its destruction. In an era of resurgent racism and authoritarianism throughout the West, "Evidence of the Evidence" is a timely and urgent work of both agit-prop and media criticism.