In the film, Man with a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov presents viewers with a revolutionary idea of creating a movie without a narrative or subtitles.The Kueleshov Experiment very clearly presents the idea of putting two completely different images side by side in order to manipulate their overall meaning.  He simply puts differing reels of film side by side in order to create a more universal type of media that allows for a greater understanding by all types of people, regardless of their social class or first language.

More accessibility of understanding films like these was an extremely important tool not only in the Russian revolution, but also in the Cuban revolution as we read in,”Cinemas in Revolution:  Russia 1920s, Cuba 1960s.” Many of the people who were or could be most impacted by a revolution were the lower classes. In many cases, many of the people in lower classes could not read, but this new type of film allowed for understanding among the illiterate. Although this made it easier for the government to spread propaganda and manipulate the people into thinking whatever the controlling peoples wanted, it also served as a tool for those who were fighting for justice to spread the word of injustice.

I believe that today this type of film making is extremely important in fights for equality. In my Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality class, we read an article about the importance of different types of marginalized groups standing in solidarity in order to take out the patriarchal white cis straight male ruling class ideals and practices. I believe that films that connect struggles through imagery and side by side representation would be revolutionary in getting oppressed groups to unite. There are many movements today that understand this importance such as Black Lives Matter and Palestinian solidarity, Black Lives Matter and the Dakota Access Pipeline, or the Cambahee River Collective, which unites queer women of color.

I have attached pictures of groups coming together shown in the media that promote this idea of solidarity, that I believe are not shown enough.



2 responses »

  1. maddieglouner says:

    I agree with you, I think that film is a powerful tool and having more documentaries and videos that connect people’s struggles through imagery and side by side representation would be extremely powerful in getting oppressed groups to unite. I also think we see a lot of groups using social media platforms to unite-from twitter accounts to hashtag campaigns, people are turning towards more social media to give a voice to their groups and to help raise awareness. I wonder if having short documentaries or videos displayed in the media would be even more powerful than just social media accounts and campaigns?

  2. ddmaoz says:

    Agreed! I think the beauty in Vertov’s film is that it is accessible, and connects with people’s lived experiences while enabling them to think critically of what they see. I further agree and think there’s a lot of power in connecting the struggles of oppressed groups, and even though the different oppressions (racism, ableism, sexism, etc.) were constructed different – they are all different manifestations of the same underlying ideology that celebrates, as you put it, the able-bodied patriarchal white cis straight male. Back home, in Israel-Palestine, there was recently a revolutionary protest against police brutality that brought together people from under-resourced neighborhoods, Sephardic and Ethiopian Jews, and Palestinians, who all suffer from police brutality. The revolutionary thing is that these populations have historically been pitted against each other and would never come together in a joint struggle. However, after a video was released of undercover policemen beating up a Bedouin Palestinian in the middle of Tel Aviv, these communities came together since they were able to tie in the violence they saw on the screen with their experiences of police brutality in their neighborhood. Video and film are powerful tools to be able to articulate the connection between groups, I totally agree!

    Thank you for sharing the pictures!

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