Last Resort

81552950

Description: Single channel video with sound
Exhibition Mode: Digital projection
Media details: 4:3, digital transfer from 16mm color film

Last Resort draws it's images from the remaining ethnic minority groups of Vietnam's Western Highlands. The film focuses on daily village life, leading in to a funereal ceremony often referred to as 'l'abandonnement des tombeaux', roughly translated as the leaving behind of the graves. When someone dies, the Jörai people spend a few years building a small structure called [Nhâ Mo] to house the buried body, during which time the soul of the deceased is said to dwell in the village. When the Nhâ Mo is complete, there's a feast; a sacrifice; a celebration. After the celebration, members of the community seldom if ever pay visits to the grave site. The belief is that people came from the forest and so they should return to the forest, which is seen as a celestial territory. Organic and celestial.

Credits: 

Additional audio recording: Elisa Caldena & Mahsa Saloor
Additional footage: Digital video used without consent from unknown japanese tourist.

Support:
Nguyên Ngọc
District Kunst
Kulturförderung Berlin
Simon Starling
Korn Manufaktur Filmbearbeitung