Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget

Ben Russell

2013 | 00:19:57 | France | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | 16mm film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Documentary, Documentation, Experimental Film, Indigenous, Nature

"We are happy. (Silence.) What do we do now, now that we are happy?"

-- Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

"John Frum prophesied the occurrence of a cataclysm in which Tanna would become flat, the volcanic mountains would fall and fill the river-beds to form fertile plains, and Tanna would be joined to the neighbouring islands of Eromanga and Aneityum to form a new island. Then John Frum would reveal himself, bringing in a reign of bliss, the natives would get back their youth and there would be no sickness; there would be no need to care for gardens, trees or pigs. The Whites would go; John Frum would set up schools to replace mission schools, and would pay chiefs and teachers."

-- Peter Worsley, The Trumpet Shall Sound: a study of cargo cults in Melanesia

In English and Whitesands with English sub-titles.


This title is the first in a trilogy by Ben Russell which also includes the works Atlantis (2014) and Greetings to The Ancestors (2015).

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Prizes + Awards

European Media Arts Festival, Dialog Award, Osnabrück, Germany, 2014


2013 FIDMarseille International Competition

Exhibitions + Festivals

European Media Arts Festival, Dialog Award, Osnabrück, Germany, 2014

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, 2014

Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 2014

New York Film Festival (Views from the Avant-Garde), New York, NY, 2013 

51st New York Film Festival, Views From the Avant Garde, New York, NY, 2013

57th BFI London Film Festival, Experimenta, London, UK, 2013

DINCA, Chicago, IL, 2013

Belo Horizonte Film festival, Brazil, 2014


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Greetings to the Ancestors