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Digital Recall: The New Cinema of Memory

When new technologies continue to promise total recall at the cost of disorientation, art offers us new perspectives. A recent spate of films address this phenomenon.

In Conversation

How to Blow Up a Pipeline

What began as Sjol’s half-serious remarks about wanting to adapt a work of academic theory—a minefield of untapped “IP” in an era dominated by it, he joked—gave way to Goldhaber’s mental images of kids struggling with a bomb in the middle of a desert.

Su Friedrich’s Today

Today takes place over six years, and this temporal discrepancy captures the central tension of the film, which documents Friedrich’s journey to meet a basic goal she sets in the opening scene: “Try to pay attention to the moment. Try to see the humor in it. Look for the beauty in things. Just take some deep breaths.”

Rites of Passage: The Films of Shinji Somai

Sōmai Shinji’s oeuvre consists of thorough explorations of the long take and daring soundscapes. Japan Society’s “Rites of Passage: The Films of Shinji Somai” runs April 28–May 13.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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