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Hidden in Plain Sight
2008
Projection format: DigiBETA, DVD or MiniDV
Production format: 16mm, MiniDV
63 Minutes
Color, sound.
With original music composed by Jane Scarpantoni and Guy Yarden

Available from Reframe Collection.

Hidden in Plain Sight is inspired by the tradition of cinematic city symphonies and was recorded in four cities: Santiago de Chile, Hanoi Vietnam, Dakar Senegal and Marseille France. Vignettes from each place are juxtaposed so that the viewer is pulled from place to place, picking up the pieces, making connections only to have them disappear just as quickly. Historical details (about Salvador Allende and Ho Chi Minh, among others), quotes from writing (by Miriama Ba and Charles Baudelaire and others), laconic captions, scored music, and expressionistic sound design offer contrasting contexts . Hidden in Plain Sight offers a dynamic way of viewing street life, encouraging us to think about how we apprehend a place visually and conceptually.

“This is brilliant filmmaking, at once engaging and challenging, partisan and universal.” – Howard Feinstein, Indiewire

“Street’s world tour through five major cities in five different nations, where evidence of revolutionary political thought runs deep where least expected.” – LA Weekly

“Top Ten List: Best Undistributed Film of 2008” – Phillip Lopate, Village Voice/LA Weekly

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Hidden in Plain Sight | 2008 | Films