Can’t you see them? – Repeat.

Sarajevo during the siege in 1992: A group of armed men walks along the banks of the river Miljacka. One man is led away, and the group crosses the river. The neighbouring Grbavica district is about to be taken by the Serbs. The footage was shot by a man from an apartment in an adjacent skyscraper without knowing who the armed men were. Are they Serbs, Bosniaks? His camera wobbles, searches, pursues and retreats. The artist Clarissa Thieme finds the man who shot the film and has him once again recount how it happened. Using a motion tracking program, she performs a metadata analysis of the original clip and calculates the camera’s position and movement. She feeds this data into a motion control system that projects light onto a screen. Light that moves, changes direction, trembles. From the interplay between narration, documentary material and light projected onto a screen, a resonance corpus is created: a body full of fear and anxiety, a body injured in war. A body that now can be experienced. Memory becomes tangible and visible. The trauma ascends from the skyscraper onto the screen and reaches the audience.
by Clarissa Thieme
with Nedim Alikadic
Germany / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019 Bosnian,  English 8’ Colour, 2K DCP World premiere Documentary form

With

  • Nedim Alikadic (Off Voice)

Crew

Written and directed byClarissa Thieme
CinematographyTill Beckmann
EditingClarissa Thieme
Sound DesignChristian Obermaier, Jochen Jezussek
Archives ImagesNedim Alikadic
in cooperation withLibrary Hamdija Kresevljakovic Video Archive, Sarajevo

Produced by

Clarissa Thieme

Berlin, Germany

+49 30 26326324

www.clarissathieme.com www.clarissathieme.com

World sales

Clarissa Thieme

Berlin, Germany

+49 30 26326324

www.clarissathieme.com www.clarissathieme.com

Additional information

Can’t you see them? – Repeat. is also shown as an installation in the Forum Expanded Exhibition.

Clarissa Thieme

An artist and filmmaker born in Oldenburg, Germany in 1976, she studied media art at the Berlin University of the Arts and then took a master’s in cultural studies and aesthetic practice at the University of Hildesheim. Her work in film and photography, as well as in performance and text, combines documentary and fictional forms and focuses in diverse contexts on processes of memory, the politics of identity and strategies of translation.

Filmography

2010 Was bleibt; 30 min., Forum Expanded 2010 2012 The Place We Left; 60 min. 2013 Resort; 15 min. 2016 Die DDR hat es nie gegeben / Appell; 4 min. 2018 Today is 11th June 1993; 15 min., Forum Expanded 2018 2019 Can't You See Them? – Repeat.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Dates

Berlinale Shorts IV: Before imagination: reality

Mot Khu Dat Tot | Umbra | Can’t you see them? – Repeat. | How to Breathe in Kern County | Lidérc úr | Në Mes

Feb 08 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 080061

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter
Feb 12 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 120041

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Feb 14 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 140371

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter
Feb 15 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 150061

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter
Forum Expanded Berlinale Shorts Mix
Feb 16 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 160061

Code for ticket purchase at the ticket counter
Notes on Cinema #92

Free entrance

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Feb 14 14:00

Botschaft von Kanada - Canada Room

Subtitles: English

Registration required: brlinpa@international.gc.ca