Civil War Surveillance Poems (Part 1) (2020)

  • 2020
  • UK Premiere
  • 15min
  • United States

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The first iteration of a five-part feature film of speculative experimental nonfiction, which contemplates an imaginary, impending American civil war via call-in radio, 20 years of verité footage from the filmmaker’s archive, and robots. The film is partly a nostalgic political travelogue and partly a pre-war surveillance record, deconstructing our past, future and present political moment, with its clashing ideologies. Mitch McCabe began the film in 2018 as part political warning, part science fiction. But as the events of 2020 unfolded, the film’s themes evolved and developed, responding to the racial, economic and geo-political inequities and divides that were emphasised by the pandemic, its fallout, and the US election. Appropriately, the film ends in Michigan, following rallies, protests and militias during the months leading up to the election, its aftermath, and the clashes that took place in response to the counting of the vote.

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Mitch McCabe


Mitch McCabe