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La contemplación (de la guerra)

Fernando Baños Fidalgo


The starting point of this video essay are some archival footage never broadcasted in full, recorded sometime before the fall of Srebrenica (Bosnia Herzegovina) on July 11, 1995. It shows a house burning in the nearby that population. This fact would not have the slightest importance but for the excessive time taken by the camera to record such minor event of war. Why taking so long to record the same event from different angles and such long takes, knowing that it would not be publicly released? All that recorded material is for television just visual rhetoric of the news, and a viewed image, repeated, without documentary interest, file stock. All these images remain in the file, in a sort of "stand-by", waiting for a close look adequately addressed them. These images also speak of the war. They are also images of war.

From this work I published an article in the magazine Re-Visiones entitled "You never know what you are recording" (recovering the phrase used by Chris Marker in Le fond du l'air est rouge).

Technical datasheet

  • Title: La contemplación (de la guerra)
  • Direction: Fernando Baños Fidalgo
  • Production: Fernando Baños Fidalgo. 2010.
  • Duration: 00:04:40
  • Languages: Serbian - Spanish
  • Subtitles: English - Spanish
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright