A Tribute to Harun Farocki: In Comparison and Workers Leaving the Factory

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

The prolific German filmmaker Harun Farocki (1944-2014) made more than 100 films with a unique combination of documentary and experimental techniques, finding new ways to use cinema as a tool to analyze and reveal the social and political undercurrents of modern life. This tribute program features two of his strongest works. Beautifully filmed in 16mm, In Comparison (2009, 61 mins. 16mm) is a visual essay that compares methods of brick production around the world. The Lumière Brothers’ Workers Leaving the Factory was the first film ever shown to the public. On its centennial, Farocki made a film of the same title (1995, 36 mins. Digital projection) looking at scenes through cinema history of workers leaving factories as a way of analyzing the decline of industrial production.