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JONAS MEKAS Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania 16mm, 1972, color, 82’

As I Was Moving Ahead... 16mm, 2000, 288’ (NTSC DVD)

Jonas and Adolfas Mekas arrived in America in 1949 as displaced persons, former prisoners of German labor camps, exiled from their native Lithuanian farming village, they had been forced to leave home years earlier, not to return for 27 years. Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania is the compelling document of a divided family and their long-delayed reunion.

“As I Was Moving Ahead serves not just as a meditation on the nature of cinema, beauty, and time, but also as a monument to the bonds of family and friends. Mekas’ diaries have always quivered with the tensions between past and present. This one, created by an artist soon to enter his eighth decade, finds a secret paradise in the rich harvests of a lifetime’s memories.” Village Voice

Jonas et Adolfas Mekas sont arrivés en Amérique en 1949 en tant que réfugiés politiques. Prisonniers des camps de travail allemands, exilés de leur village natal en Lituanie, ils avaient été contraints de quitter leur foyer des années plus tôt, pour n’y revenir que 27 ans plus tard. Reminiscences of a journey to Lithuania, tourné en 1971 et 1972, est le témoignage fascinant de la divisions d’une famille et de ses retrouvailles longtemps reportées.

« As I Was Moving Ahead n’est pas seulement une méditation sur la nature du cinéma, de la beauté et du temps. C’est aussi un monument à la gloire des liens de la famille et de l’amitié. Les journaux filmés de Mekas sont toujours animés d’une tension entre le passé et le présent. » Village Voice

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