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The Night Shift (Alexandra Navratil, 2018)
The Night Side

Night Side, The

 "My life was the darkroom, and later when I am gone, there will be darkness again."   In the early 1990s, after German reunification, the large Agfa-Orwo factory complex in Wolfen-Bitterfeld stopped its production and was turned into a film- and industry museum overnight. The former halls, where photosensitive materials had been produced constantly in cold and almost complete darkness, in long shifts by female workers, were illuminated and the machines transformed into obsolete objects on display. The womens' work had been structured around the absence of sight: the orientation in the production spaces was largely determined by an embodied and haptic memory, by patterns of repetition and aural signals. In The Night Side, the hands of Gundula Brett, former worker in the darkrooms of Agfa-Orwo for over 25 years, revisit the machine's surfaces and notches, forever inscribed in her own body.

4'30" / HD file / colour

Genre: experimental

Original filmtitle: The Night Side
Producer: Alexandra Navratil
Scenario: Alexandra Navratil
Language: no dialogue
Completed: 2018
Copyright the artist, courtesy Dan Gunn Gallery

Alexandra Navratil: selection, all short) Resurrections (2014), Revitalise (2015), Silbersee (2015)

Distributor: EYE Experimental
Ph: +31 20 589 1446

Festival selections: International Short Film Festival Cyprus 2018, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2019

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