Now Let Us Praise American Leftists

Paul Chan

2000 | 00:03:36 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: History, Humor, Politics

Now Let Us Praise American Leftists is an experimental video animation that seeks to eulogize and ridicule the American leftist movement of the past century. Foregrounding the exclusionary nature of American leftist politics, and its persistent refusal to allow more diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation to enter into the larger political daialogue, the video presents representations of American leftists as they are: men with mustaches. Over sixty leftist groups in the history of American leftist politics are represented with different types of mustaches, created using FACES™ — a computer application used by North American law enforcement agencies to create composite pictures of criminals and suspects for wanted posters.

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2002

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2002

Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2003