Rhizomes : OVNI 2009

May 31, 2009

  • 22:20
    HALL: Intervention and Debate

    To Shoot an Elephant Camera in Hand.

    Alberto Arce films documentaries. In 2004, Nablus la
    ciudad fantasma, in 2005 Internacionales en Palestina
    and El ghetto de Qalquilia, in 2007 Mesalla, pacifistas
    en Irak and in 2009 Erased: Wiped Off the Map.
    “... afterwards, of course, there were endless
    discussions about the shooting of the elephant. The
    owner was furious, but he was only an Indian and
    could do nothing. Besides, legally I had done the right
    thing, for a mad elephant has to be killed, like a mad
    dog, if its owner fails to control it...”
    George Orwell started out writing stories about killing
    an elephant in Asia. He ended up alternating between
    Mauser and pen in a fertile partnership. Walking
    Palestinians with a trunk, elephantiasic in their
    deformity. All of them terrorists whose lives have no
    value except as statistics choreographed in terms of
    the number and rate of their extermination. Without
    soiling the style pages. Decades later, Asia returns
    to Barcelona. Honest citizens of the West, waiting
    for better times to give up the pen, and the camera,
    wanting to take up the Mauser used by somebody
    who knew what it meant to shoot an elephant.
    Meanwhile, between increasingly sterile hunting
    expeditions, ammunition. Urgent, insomniac, dirty,
    shuddering images. 21 days counting bodies. Tell the
    world, bodies that have died, once again, for no other
    reason than the reassertion of power and colonial