Canada / 30:37 / 2020 / sound / colour / English titles, no dialogue
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago initiated The Cold War. 75 Years is a cinematic meditation on The Cold War and photography.
75 Years is comprised of surreal, evocative still photos put into motion and edited like cinematic footage. The images are often stunningly beautiful. Though not documentary, they feel like they were shot at ground zero of an annihilation. And they are sequenced to suggest such a narrative—from a Prologue to an Aftermath.
All the images have some degree of motion blur, so they range from representational to abstract. At their most abstract, they look like something other than what they really are. Even mystical. These images, with differing veracity and re-animated motion blur expand on widely accepted 'truths' about the reality of still photography and cinema. Even challenging them.
75 Years is compellingly intellectual, while at the same time transcendent, addressing not just the living, but also the not-yet-born. The Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is now at 100 seconds to midnight, based on three imminent crises: nuclear war, global warming, and the erosion of democracy. Speaking cinematically, nuclear annihilation happens in a blur, ecological annihilation happens in slow motion.