Still from Birth of a Nation, by Jonas Mekas (1997) – © Jonas Mekas
JONAS MEKAS PROGRAM
Birth of a Nation (1997), 16mm, color, sound, 85 min
One hundred and sixty portraits or rather appearances, sketches and glimpses of avant-garde, independent filmmakers and film activists between 1955 and 1996.
Why BIRTH OF A NATION? Because the film independents IS a nation in itself. We are surrounded by commercial cinema Nation same way as the indigenous people of the United States or of any other country are surrounded by Ruling Powers.
We are the invisible, but essential nation of cinema. We are Cinema.