D: Joshua Bonnetta, Canada/United Kingdom 2020, 90 min, OV with English subtitles
The closing titles say The Two Sights was “collected” on the Outer Hebrides from 2017–19. There are the images, captured on a 16mm camera, which survey all this ravishing landscape contains, taking in its rocky cliffs, beaches and plants, alighting on its flora and fauna and the houses and ships sprinkled over it, picking out shifts in light. Then there are the sounds: keening birds, the roaring wind, the crashing of the water. In voiceover, a whole anthology of tales can be heard, narrated in both English and Gaelic, stories of dog skeletons, drowned villages, and family members passing away, although songs, silence and the shipping forecast are just as at home there. But it’s not about the individual elements, but how they overlap, about how the crow hanging on barbed wire conjures up another story never told, about how the ripples seem to reverberate along with the woman’s harmonies, about how each anecdote floats over the rushing air.
D: Sharon Sandusky, USA 1988, 12 min, OV
Sharon Sandusky’s C’mon Babe (Danke schön) was proclaimed as “the Blue Velvet of the documentaries”.This film uses footage of lemmings running frantical across a northern landscape to represent history as obsessive compulsive behaviour. The images and sounds were totally taken from found-footage.