Dark Tapes

Angela O'Hara

2006, 04:20 minutes, colour, English


Dark Tapes is an experimental documentary short that meditates on the Israeli confiscation of video footage taken by ISM activists inside the Church of Nativity during the siege of Bethlehem in 2002 in which over a hundred Palestinians were trapped for thirty days by surrounding Israeli forces and prevented from receiving food, water or medicines. A meditation on issues of authenticity and objectivity within the documentary genre, Dark Tapes questions our ability to represent the complexity of historical events and the lives of those who become ensnared within them. The loss of the video footage is treated as a creative space rather than a void where new dialogues and intimacies can be explored and shared. Drawing on a collective archive of stock footage and personal home videos, Dark Tapes creates a universal narrative that moves beyond time, space, nation, or ethnicity.

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