"Here and Elsewhere"
("Ici et Ailleurs")
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Mieville
initiated his radical video period with this startling film that combines videotape and
film, enabling him to superimpose more than two images simultaneously. Made as part of the
"Dziga Vertov group," with Jean-Pierre Gorin and Anne-Marie Mieville, the film
was commissioned by the Palestinians and originally titled Until Victory. The
film's original purpose was to examine life in the Palestinian camps. But following the
defeat of the Palestine army in the Six Day War, Ici et Ailleurs was radically
transformed, becoming a meditation on how cinema records history. Godard, Gorin and
Mieville contrast a French family ("Here") with an impressionstic portrait of
Palestine ("Elsewhere") reflected and transmitted by television, books and
pictures. French with English subtitles.