Resisting Death

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Resisting Death

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

TIFF Cinematheque - Free Screen

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"Freedom is riding my horse on a trail exploring the unknown or seeing with the eyes that rebirth from cancer has given me, as the world becomes new again." —Barbara Hammer

"Freedom is riding my horse on a trail exploring the unknown or seeing with the eyes that rebirth from cancer has given me, as the world becomes new again." —Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer in person!

A Horse Is Not a Metaphor follows Hammer's recuperation from stage-3 ovarian cancer, documenting her hospital visits and the methods she used to heal and strengthen her body. Hammer's layering of video images and music (by Meredith Monk) harks back to the more abstract style that she developed in such earlier films as the acclaimed Sanctus, which reanimates moving X-rays originally shot by Dr. James Sibley Watson (the director of Lot in Sodom) to create a chilling meditation on the fragility of the human body. Coursing along to Pauline Oliveros' propulsive soundtrack, Bent Time traverses the ley lines of America in a glorious attempt to bend time and light, its relentless forward movement mirroring Hammer's own perseverance as she draws strength from the journey along the way.



Sanctus (dir. Barbara Hammer \ USA 1990 \ 19 min. \ 16mm)

A Horse Is Not a Metaphor (dir. Barbara Hammer \ USA 2008 \ 30 min. \ video)

Bent Time (dir. Barbara Hammer \ USA 1983 \ 21 min. \ 16mm)

This programme is rated 14A.