Roads to the Ruins: Documentary Research Practices of Loss and Presence
Public Research Seminar
Philip Widmann (Berlin)
Thursday, 25 October, 6-7.30pm
Filmmaker Philip Widmann will report on his current research on the first talking film produced in Lebanon, In the Ruins of Baalbek (1937). The film is considered to be lost. While memories of its former existence are still alive, the loss of the film and the scarcity of primary sources documenting it leave these memories without much factual material to compare them with. Widmann will discuss how the absence of the historical object and of information can be embedded in a web of contextual lineages that have both material and immaterial presences in the here-and-now.
Philip Widmann makes films, texts and film programs. His film and video works have been shown in film festivals and art spaces internationally, among them the Berlin International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Mostra Internacional de Cinema em São Paulo, FID Marseille, CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, Temporary Gallery Cologne, Dawawine Beirut and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus/OH.