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Puerto Rico Tautology

(14 dubs high)

Video (SD)



Distributed by Vidéographe



Found footage of Puerto Rican families celebrating in the street to the music of the Fania All-Stars. The clip, recorded on VHS, is repeatedly copied to VHS until the image disappears completely.

Images trouvées de familles portoricaines célébrant dans les rues au son du groupe Fania All-Stars. La séquence, enregistrée sur VHS, a été copiée sur VHS à répétition, jusqu’à sa disparition.

Long form:

Puerto Rico Tautology (14 dubs high) was recorded in 2015 and completed in early 2016. Found footage of Puerto Rican families celebrate in the street as the Fania All-Stars perform in the background. The clip, recorded on VHS, is dubbed to another VHS tape and played again. The image and sound gradually decay with each dub, until the image breaks completely. Inspired by the mass exodus of Puerto Ricans moving to Orlando, Florida, this piece is an illustration of the economic degradation of Puerto Rico. As with the video image, the island is losing its vibrancy and colour, but more alarmingly Puerto Rico is being robbed of its resources and standard of living through increasing debt of Wall Street hedge funds. This is also represented through the audio, as the crowd and the music are gradually distorted and difficult to hear. Illinois House of Representatives member Luis Gutiérrez can be heard over the VHS audio, pleading with Congress to allow Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy. As the distortion increases, the house member's message becomes less clear, lost in the ether of the ignored United States territory.

For screening consideration please contact Jade Weisman 

at Vidéographe: festival [at] videographe [dot] org

Past Screenings

International Film Festival ZOOM- Zblizenia (Poland, 2016)

Jornadas de Reapropiación (Mexico, 2016)

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (Canada, 2016)

8th Cairo Video Festival (Egypt, 2017)

Montreal Underground Film Festival (Canada, 2017)

Marseille Underground Film Festival (France, 2017)

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