What Farocki Taught
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MARCH 19, 1999,
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WHAT FAROCKI TAUGHT
Introduced by director Jill Godmilow
The film is literally and stubbornly a remake of Harun Farocki's experimental documentary Inextinguishable Fire, which deals with the development of napalm during the Vietnam War. Godmilow's appropriation reopens Walter Benjamin's discussion of art in the age of mechanical reproduction and turns What Farocki Taught into an agitprop challenge to the conventional documentary's representation of information, history, politics, and experience. 1998, U.S., 16mm, 30 minutes. Paired with Farocki's original Inextinguishable Fire. In German with English subtitles. 1969, Germany, 16mm, 22 minutes.