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Good Evening to the People Living in the Camp

  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Highway 80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)
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Post-screening discussion

with filmmaker Joost Conijn

Dwelling in Greece, Dutch filmmaker Joost Conijn managed to worm his way through a hole in the fence of a migrant camp guarded by soldiers at a deserted airfield. Then in France, outside the notorious Calais ‘jungle’, he waited in a dark field with some newfound acquaintances for trucks going to England. Conijn boldly lives with and follows the inhabitants of several refugee camps—embracing no agenda or preconceived plan. But with his camera, he shows that he’s less interested in their desperate plights than in their pastimes, diversions, and goings-on. And it turns out that life does go on indomitably in the shadow of “current affairs.” A family plays football together in a large open field, a child stokes a fire, people gather around to share a meal, and those who can visit an improvised bathhouse. They play and love, and they try to help each other heal. A camp is razed, only to spring up again elsewhere. People loom up out of the darkness, before disappearing again—but there is real life in the darkness. (Joost Conijn, 2017, 45 minutes)

Earlier Event: November 11
Later Event: November 11
Bagages w/ Migration