Memory Imaging: Explorations of the Personal & Collective

LA Filmforum presents Memory Imaging: Explorations of the Personal & Collective

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Sunday, June 20 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

Los Angeles Filmforum presents

Memory Imaging: Explorations of the Personal & Collective

Online, hosted by Los Angeles Filmforum

Conversation with featured filmmakers, moderated by guest programmer Xavier Lang (Date/Time TBD)




This program presents the work of filmmakers and artists Miko Revereza, Simon Liu, Suneil Sanzgiri, and Lei Lei as they grapple with notions of collective memory, diaspora, trauma, and identity. Using archival material, animation, and personal recordings, the filmmakers explore the overlap of individual and shared experiences.


The works use personal realizations and contemplations to wade into the unknown and forgotten. The program opens with Simon Liu’s E-Ticket, where the artist meticulously splices his archive of 35mm photos into a document of rapid collage. The result is an amalgamation of spliced memories and stylish montage that give new life to the photos taken during the artist’s formative years. Miko Revereza’s Distancing follows; serving as part-diary, part-memoir, the film documents the artist’s decision to leave the country he was raised in. As a way to convey his position as an undocumented person, Revereza draws on examples of statelessness in cinema to bolster his retelling of life in the United States. Suneil Sanzgiri’s Letter from Your Far Off Country, overlaps archival images, animation, and screen recordings to reflect on ancestral memory and history as a means to, “reclaim the past from erasure.” The final work, Lei Lei’s A Bright Summer Diary, combines images from postcards, propaganda from the Mao era, screenshots from an important film in modern Chinese cinema, and interviews with his mother to uncover a forgotten history.


Through their explorations of the past, these four films wade through similar waters, posing the questions: How do you visualize a shared experience? How does memory overlap with media? Where do personal histories meet collective nostalgia?


Programmed by Xavier Lang


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Miko Revereza, 2019, color, sound, 10 mins

Shot on 16mm color film, Distancing documents the logistics and poetics of Miko Revereza’s decision to leave the United States and return to the Philippines. 'My ticket is one way', the filmmaker explains to his grandmother as she suddenly realizes he isn't coming back. Distancing is a film about this personal realization; to leave and thus become exiled from the country where he was raised. The film acts as a memoir and cites a lineage of statelessness in cinema. It is a personal document of the moment anticipating a great departure. 


Simon Liu, 2019, color, sound, 13 mins,

*Los Angeles Premiere

E-Ticket is a frantic re-cataloguing of a personal archive and a vehicle for the re-birth of forgotten images. 35mm still photographs are obsessively tape-spliced together, one frame at a time, in evolving rhythmic patterns – views shift between a school trip to India and culminate in documentation of a violent 2005 protest at a World Trade Organization summit in Hong Kong. A retelling of Dante's Inferno for the streaming age; freedom of movement reserved for the modern cloud.


Letter From Your Far-off Country

Suneil Sanzgiri, 2020, color, sound, 17 mins

In this film shot on 16mm, Sanzgiri traces lines and lineages of ancestral memory, poetry and familial history. It’s a search for solidarity in the sounds and colours of a spontaneous movement in Delhi led by Muslim women, an Iqbal Bano song, images of B.R. Ambedkar – a radical anti-caste Dalit intellectual – all revolving around a letter addressed to a distant relative. He seeks to reclaim the past from erasure, and provide a journey towards a potential future.

A Bright Summer Diary

Lei Lei, 2020, sound, 27 mins,

*Los Angeles Premiere

A boy and his mother sit in a cardboard car in front of a painted landscape. This postcard from his childhood is what triggers Chinese artist Lei Lei to go on a journey down the rabbit hole of memory. Put together with his signature style of melancholic collage, time jitters in and out of its usual flow as screenshots, found photos and propaganda images appear in succession as if pulled through an archaic machine to explore how truth is coloured by nostalgia.


TRT: 67 mins