An unflinching gaze cast on contemporary North-American society scrutinized thoroughly through the Afro-American experience. Kevin Jerome Everson’s impressive body of work, five full-lenghth films that cross the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fiction film, and a huge variety of short features, stands out as one of the most fascinating creations of modern cinema. Focusing on history, society and mythology, Everson’s work sinks into the creases of space and time where past and future meet and thus reaches a cinematic place where the process of film-making becomes the silent witness of the daily struggle of mankind. The use of complex long takes and the careful attention lent to the anthropological and political transformations of the Afro-American working class are the core of a unique oeuvre that stands out in contemporary cinema in a fascinating, hypnotic and potent way.
Atelier at Visions du Réel, 20 – 27 April 2012