Resisting Paradise, screening & talk by Barbara Hammer

Resisting Paradise, screening & talk by Barbara Hammer

Please join us for a screening of “Resisting Paradise”.  Q & A with filmmaker Barbara Hammer to follow.

Tuesday, December 12, 7:30pm
The Change You Want to See Gallery and Convergence Stage
84 Havemeyer St, Store Front, Brooklyn NY 11211

From feminist film pioneer Barbara Hammer, “Resisting Paradise” is a provocative experimental documentary that asks: What are our responsibilities during political crises? How does art exist during a time of war?  Shot in the French Mediterranean fishing village of Cassis and set against the backdrop of World War II, the film contrasts the choices made by painters Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, who continued to produce landscapes and portraits even as the Nazis occupied France, with the actions of war resisters and refugees.  Hammer records powerful interviews with important figures in the French resistance like Lisa Fittko, who helped Walter Benjamin escape over the Pyrenees, and tells the moving story of Matisse’s wife and daughter, who refused to be complacent under occupation.  “Resisting Paradise” is a compelling and relevant documentary, noted for its painterly beauty and complex editing strategies.


“Director Barbara Hammer may be the Stanley Kubrick of documentary filmmakers.”  Jordan Hiller, Tribeca Film Festival

A respected member of the avant-garde and queer film communities for more than 30 years, Barbara Hammer has made over 80 films and videos.  Hammer works as producer, director, cinematographer and editor. She started making films in 1968 including No No Nooky (1987), Endangered (1989), Sanctus (1991), and Vital Signs (1992). Her feature Nitrate Kisses (1993) had a U.S. theatrical release. The Arsenal in Berlin, Germany is planning an eight-program retrospective of Hammer’s films.

Her many fellowships and awards include the Japan Foundation Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Soros Foundation and the Jerome Foundation, and her films have screened at festivals around the world.


December 12, 2006


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