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Once in the XX Century

Deimantas Narkevicius

Lithuania, 2004
7 minutes, 56 seconds, Colour, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: Betacam SP video
Available formats: SD Video / DVD / SD Digital file

This film is based on pre-existing video material. The material which I acquired from the Lithuanian National TV archive documents the action of the taking down the statue of Lenin. In addition, I have bought video footage of the same event from a freelance video reporter. So, there is a two-camera perspective on the event. | The images of the taking down the statue of Lenin in Vilnius are in fact familiar, as the materials were widely broadcast by CNN and some other major media networks. The images of Lenin hanging above the crowd and waving his hand had been repeated thousands of times by CNN during the last decade as a symbol of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and a failure of the idea of communism. In this work, the materials are edited in such a way that it looks as if the crowd were preparing, and then celebrating, the erection of the statue of Lenin.