How does one talk about the past in a traumatized country? And how do global political events impact the life of the individual? These are some of the questions raised by the South-African artist Penelope Siopis in her films. Obscure White Messenger describes the murder of the South-African prime minister Hendrick Verwoerd in 1966. But instead of giving us dramatic images of murder, the story is told in beautiful, moving film cuts of swimming championships, marine animals and Greek temples. In her film the artist points to the enigmatic relationship between our collective memory and our personal life story.
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