Using projections edited from found footage, this intimate solo performance is a reflection on memory, how it can be recorded and how it can be perceived. Part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival. More…
In 2008, Janek Turkowski discovered a cardboard box containing 64 reels of 8mm film in a North German market close to the Polish border. Each reel consisted of images of the same woman, Margarete Ruhbe. Captivated by the celluloid subject, Turkowski embarked on an artistic reconstruction of the life of a woman he didn’t and possibly couldn't know. Set against powerful images of the Communist Bloc, the story of Margarete unfolds from Turkowski's curiosity-driven purchase to his private investigation into the identity of a woman who left only a brief but indelible mark through home movies.
See it if You can. It may be restaged. This quiet, unassuming personal disquisition on a collection of discovered home movies is fascinating .
Don't see it if You expect a big story, or need plot and staging.
See it if you're curious to see an almost 100-yr old woman (now deceased) watch her home movie clips from 40ish years ago... it's sobering.
Don't see it if you want to really know Margarete (not many personal details here). You want to understand her movies in historical context (not much given)