Gaddafi in Rome: Notes for a Film

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This medium length essay film explores a political event that caused a media frenzy in Italy and led to the use of real-time reporting on an unprecedented scale by a popular newspaper, La Repubblica: the 2009 meeting between Silvio Berlusconi and Muammar Gaddafi in Rome. Exploring notions of acceleration, fragmentation, and synthesis typical of real-time news in the montage, the film will turn the online newsfeed published (and archived) by La Repubblica, into a film script. Conceived as a series of 'notes for a film', it will reconstruct and dissect this event through the analysis of the meta-data and (counter-)information produced in response to it. Mixing text, youtube videos, archival material, footage shot in Rome, and the use of low-fi 35mm film, Gaddafi in Rome will be framed by a reflexive voiceover that aims to bring out the performative aspects of contemporary, international politics. It will put forward a series of reflections on: the performance and spatial organisation of institutional power; the historical colonial and neocolonial relations between Italy and Libya in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including the ongoing conflict in Libya; and the way real-time news affect the way historical time is perceived and produced.

Developed as part of an AHRC-funded PhD project at the University of the Arts, London. Winner of the BFI London Film Festival's Experimenta Pitch Award 2017, in association with FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network) with support from Arts Council England.

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