HaFI 005: Harun Farocki: Before Your Eyes – Vietnam

A hybrid attempt at coming to terms with a specific instance of amnesia amongst the West German left in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Harun Farocki’s 1982 feature film BEFORE YOUR EYES – VIETNAM combines ideas about the distant, image-guided participation in the war in Vietnam with speculations on Vietnam as a laboratory of advanced modes of capitalist production, whilst reflecting intensely on the dyad of love and work.

This publication assembles selected material produced in 1982 to promote the film and make it accessible discursively. It includes the facsimile of a promotional leaflet that provided both factual information and directions for reading, a selection of unseen photos from the set and from a tiny piece of film (excavated from the archives of the Harun Farocki Institut) documenting a performative trailer held on an improvised stage by Farocki and actor Ronny Tanner during the Berlin Film Festival in 1982. The brochure is introduced by a commentary penned by the Harun Farocki Institut.

Available for 9 Euro here at Motto Books.

September 8th, 2017, Projects / Publication
Interface

The Filmkritik Indexes 1957–1974 and 1975–1984 as HaFI 007 are now available in German as PDF here and here.

July 4th, 2018, Elsa

“An image like a painting by ERRO.” (From the script of an early version of BEFORE YOUR EYES – VIETNAM.) See here (in German)

September 3rd, 2017, Volker
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