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Damnatio Memoriae

Damnatio Memoriae

ไม่พึงปรารถนา
Thunska Pansittivorakul
Thailand, Germany
2023
108 min
European Premiere
Envision Competition
Synopsis

Fragments from video clips, newsreels, news shows, animations, and propaganda films present humanity as an extremely murderous species in Damnatio memoriae (“condemnation of memory”). Alongside familiar scenes—the atom bomb, the Vietnam War, 9/11—we encounter all sorts of historical facts that have been swept under the carpet. There are the “forgotten” massacres in Taiwan under the post-war dictatorship, for example, and who knew that in 1958 the US devised a plan to detonate an atom bomb on the moon?

We also learn of the intriguing career of Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng (1953-1995). Her popularity was used in her home country for nationalist military propaganda, but her songs offered millions of Chinese people a moment of respite from the straitjacket of Communist rule.

After opening with Carl Sagan’s words, “There is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves,” the film casts its gaze on the darker side of history. The square format of the film itself reinforces the oppressive sense that humanity has always been gripped by an urge to destroy.

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Credits
108 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: Thai
Director
    Thunska Pansittivorakul
    Thunska Pansittivorakul
Production
    Thunska Pansittivorakul for Sleep of Reason Films
    Thunska Pansittivorakul for Sleep of Reason Films
Executive producer
    Thunska Pansittivorakul,
    Jürgen Brüning
    Thunska Pansittivorakul,
    Jürgen Brüning
Co-production
    Jürgen Brüning for Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion
    Jürgen Brüning for Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion
Cinematography
    Thunska Pansittivorakul,
    Anupong Posuwan
    Thunska Pansittivorakul,
    Anupong Posuwan
Editing
    Thunska Pansittivorakul
    Thunska Pansittivorakul
Sound
    Chantanin Supath
    Chantanin Supath
Sound Design
    Chantanin Supath
    Chantanin Supath
Music
    Chantanin Supath
    Chantanin Supath
Screenplay
    Thunska Pansittivorakul
    Thunska Pansittivorakul
Screening copy
    Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion
    Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion

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