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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week 8 Blog Post - Fire in My Belly

A Fire in My Belly was a works in progress silent film by David Wojnarowicz shot on a Super 8mm. The piece was originally 13 minutes sourcing material from 1986-87. Wojnarowicz decided to add more of his findings afterwards, resulting in the 20 minutes work we see now. The work sources scenes and events in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The first 13 minutes seem to all revolve around a theme or a stylistic choice. Everything in the first 13 minutes had the same kind of frame and was focused on for around the same time before switching to a different scene. There also were variation of the same kinds of scenes we were seeing. There were scenes with people blowing fire, chickens in cages, pictures that looked like they were from a Bingo card and newspaper headlines. There was an escalation of events, that resulted in the map being on fire. The additional works the director added on had more of an emotional effect on me. I'm not sure if it was because the colors were more vibrant or everything was faster or if this was the excerpt we saw in class, but I felt more disturbed in the last 7 minutes. A Fire in My Belly used film to realistically show how much of the world is absolutely in shambles. The world is on the verge of bursting into flames. The sudden shifts between scenes showed how as soon as you would get used to a problem, another one would arise.

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