Fragment 53: UK Film Premiere

Thursday 21st April 2016, 8.15pm, ICA London
Followed by Q+A with the filmmakers

A terrifying and hypnotic glimpse into the face of war.

Fragment 53 is a feature-length documentary film on armed conflict, considered as necessary and universal. Through a series of first-person accounts selected from a wider amount of interviews with eminent warriors, generals and warlords collected in Liberia between 2011 and 2014, warfare is presented as an ineluctable human expression of destructive forces that are simultaneously, universal and individual, real and archetypical. Through the sparse and restless use of a handheld camera, the film maintains a continuous tension between these fighters’ accounts, their faces and bodies, and the eye of the camera. The site is Liberia, a country of peculiar, radical and unsettled conflicts, presenting sceneries, personalities and events ascribable to the essential warfare that the authors aim to evoke.

Italy, Switzerland 2015. Dir. Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli & Federico Lodoli. 71mins

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Preceding the screening, we are pleased to welcome the directors of FRAGMENT 53 for a masterclass on their conceptual process and approach in developing the documentary. Both events are part of a new documentary festival Frames of Representation (FoR) which showcases new forms of documentary cinema and invites discussion around the issues represented on screen.