Remapping the origins / 16mm / 5.1. Sound / 2017-2018 / 40 min / in post-production

A city reveals its past, present and future. A place where two great thinkers developed new languages. One, that is spoken and one, that can be seen. One is for the eye and one for the tongue and both blend together.Their ambitious goal: uniting. Vertov meets Zamenhof. Anarchism meets the present eye. A city which finds itself in a state of enduring transition. A permanent clash of openness and insularity. A former melting point of cultures that nowadays seems to be transforming. There have always been those who unite, those who separate, those who break up, those who change and those who obstruct. In this city it all comes together. A continuous struggle of ideas, beliefs and ideologies. Where are the anarchists and resistance fighters today? What is left of these movements nowadays? Who are the contemporary opponents and what are they longing for? What dreams – for the good or for the bad – are they fighting for? Can a fascist say “I love you” in another language?

'Remapping the origins' is the quest for the roots as well as current developments of a the polish city Bialystok. An essayistic meditation on loss, continuity and progression. Filmed in a city, which could stand for more than just a city, maybe for Europe, maybe for the future of its inhabitants. A quest of what remains, entirely forgotten and worthless?

Commissioned by CPH:LAB Copenhagen

Supported by Kultur Land Salzburg, Wien Kultur MA7, BKA