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Greetings to the Ancestors

2015

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  • Russell's shots here aren't exactly composed, but the messiness (augmented by cuts that flash light-leaked celluloid and fleeting frames of indistinguishable imagery) creates a visceral, firsthand intensity—in this case, an anthropologically engaged approach. One could probably say the same about a series of inelegant handheld tracking shots into and out of the rural shanties in the latter half of the film, but the effect here is, suffice it to say, considerably less appealing.

  • Like all of Russell’s work, Greetings to the Ancestors is a highly rhythmic, intensely physical, and provocatively psychedelic experience.

  • Like the memories and dreams recited by different characters in the latter half of the film, Greetings puts itself on equal footing, revealing itself as a cinematic character, _cinema as a character_, in a hypnagogic construction that embodies multiple states of being which ultimately align and dissolve categories of subject and maker, dream and reality, here and there.

  • Ben Russell’s short Greetings to the Ancestors is a psychedelic, anthropological dreamscape of verbal memory and ritual.