The Undertaker selected for Sheffield
10 June 2020
Short film The Undertaker, directed by Yael Bartana, is selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest as part of the Rebellions film strand. The film is a one channel video and sound installation, co-produced by Annet Gelink Gallery (NL), Petzel Gallery (New York), Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA) and Sommer Gallery (Israel). Sheffield Doc/Fest is now underway - with films accessible to members of the industry internationally via the Doc/Player platform until 31 August 2020.
The Undertaker follows an obscure figure as she is leading her swarm of armed followers in a ceremonial march on the way to perform a mass burial ritual. Carrying a variety of weapons from different historical contexts, the choreographed group strides through numerous locations, eventually being guided by their leader to the burial site in which they dispose of the weapons they possess.
The films in the Rebellions strand try to decipher the world while being an agent of change: either through the promise of revolution by both collective and individual beings, as an act of resistance and protection, or as a refusal to forget. A certain idea of hospitality, how to live together, is a question raised across the strand - almost like a call for thought and change.
For more information:
Sheffield Doc/Fest: https://sheffdocfest.com/
Annet Gelink Gallery