Vever (for Barbara)

Deborah Stratman

2019 | 00:12:00 | Guatemala / United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | 16mm film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Art History, Artist Portraits, Autobiography, Documentary, Expedition/Travel, Experimental Film, Feminism, Gender, Labor, Landscape, Memory, Myth, Time

A cross-generational binding of three filmmakers seeking alternative possibilities to the power structures they are inherently part of. Each woman extends her reach to a subject she is outside of. Vever grew out of the abandoned film projects of Maya Deren and Barbara Hammer. Shot at the furthest point of a motorcycle trip Hammer took to Guatemala in 1975, and laced through with Deren’s reflections of failure, encounter and initiation in 1950s Haiti.

A vever is a symbolic drawing used in Haitian Voodoo to invoke Loa, or god.

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Prizes + Awards

Punto de Vista 2019, Honorable Mention


Berlinale, Think:Film, Forum Expanded

Exhibitions + Festivals

Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival 2019

Courtisane Festival 2019

Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2019

True/False Festival 2019

VideoEx Experimental Film & Video Festival 2019

Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival 2019

LUX London 2019