This experimental documentary uses the life of radical activist Emma Goldman to explore the resurgence of protest in the 21st century. Weaving archive and contemporary footage with reenactments, it exposes the continuing conflicts between labor and property, revolutionary purity and personal freedom.
Media artist, poet, writer and filmmaker Abigail Child—who won the Stan Brakhage Vision Award at DFF34—here achieves time travel, intercutting moments from Goldman’s life with her prescient speeches, weaving images of industrial-era factory labor and computer data centers with snippets of its subject’s intimate diaries to explore human vulnerabilities and choices. Known as the most dangerous woman alive, Goldman was also passionate and sexual, fighting for beauty, art and humor as much as for other types of freedom. Child aims to create a dialogue on individual liberties as they relate to anarchism: her questions about the risks we take and the compromises we make are all the more urgent in our current political climate.
Producer: Abigail Child | Editor: Abigail Child, Mary Patierno, Yael Bitton | Cinematographer: Abigail Child | Screenwriter: Emma Goldman, Victor Shklovsky
Cast: Miriam Rocek, Alenka Kraiger