América Central
7 minutes/ 2004/ DV tape

Roadside bomb
Oil prices
1088 Fatalities

"This excellent seven-minute video consists of two separate but connected elements: most of the screen is taken up by a single fixed shot of a street corner in an unidentified town, while, at the bottom of the image, text streams from right to left in ticker-tape fashion over a black border. Most of this quotidian street scene involves pedestrians, cars and buses engaged in the delicate choreography of trying to pass one another without the benefit of a traffic light. Meanwhile, the ticker tape issues a parade of headline news about violence elsewhere (Iraq, Israel), a reminder that the world as it exists and the world as it is delivered in newsy sound bites are not one and the same."
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

 

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