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2 - 28 January 2022: Guns of the Trees


Guns of the Trees
Jonas Mekas, 1962, 87 min

Guns of the Trees deals with the thoughts, feelings, and anguished strivings of my generation, faced with the moral perplexity of our times. Conceived as an episodic, horizontal film, there is no apparent direct story connection between one scene and the next. The scenes act like pieces of a larger, timed, emotional mosaic. Where the direct word, or the direct image, fails – when we come to more essential things – the indirectness of the poet will seize the essence and the truth.” – Jonas Mekas

Part of our retrospective celebrating Jonas Mekas' Centennial