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Akula Dream

George Barber

2015 00:26:00 United KingdomEnglishColorStereo16:9HD video


An old Russian Akula submarine, armed with ballistic nuclear missiles, is assigned a new captain. But Captain Pavel seems to care very little for Navy protocol. In fact, he feels the crew’s jobs are a waste of time, preferring to lead discussions about spiritual matters. The Captain dresses in a cassock and grows a long beard. His favorite pastime is shamanic drumming, which even the confused American’s can hear from the ship.

As Captain Pavel draws more and more men into his ‘cult’ the traditional sailors begin to have their doubts. If they are asked to do their duty, will he fail Russia, or even endanger them? Can the remaining crew tolerate a Captain who believes in a message of peace and love, insisting that the sailors mission is to save the world by journeying with their minds?

About George Barber


George Barber was born in Guyana in 1958. He studied at St Martins and Slade Schools of Art, London. He was a founding member of ZG Magazine and a leading figure in the Scratch Video phenomenon of the 1980s, which exploited newly available video-editing technologies and their potential for rhythmic-editing and moving-image collage. His current work is visually striking and sometimes disturbing, and often concerned with human behavior in unusual situations. He was once described by Art Monthly as, "The Henry Ford of independent video."