Sight Unseen: a travalog

Jonathan Robinson

1990, 31:00 minutes, colour, English


sight unseen, a documentary collage essay, traces the displacement experienced by an "average" American
tourist as he travels alone through India and Nepal. Examining the limitations of cross-cultural knowledge and the fragility of personal identity, sight unseen, through a series of poetic stories and musical vignettes, measures the distance between the observer and the observed. Layering multiple voice-overs, archival film footage, still images, and excerpts from Hindi & Tamil pop movies and television commercials, sight unseen creates an hypnotic and humorous subcontinental meta-tour of the contemporary colonial imagination.

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