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November Nine : Introduction


This eight-minute experimental video evokes the doubly-historic date, November 9 (the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Nazi pogrom of Crystal Night in 1938). Shot while the Berlin Wall was being dismantled, this is Petzall's personal response to the Wall's monumental concrete panels and to vestiges of gravestones from the Holocaust.

An impressionistic collage, shapes and colors blur as quickly as the historic ideas they depict. Petzall uses the sensuous forces of video to to catch a point in time when the wall's tomblike structure still hovers as a symbolic presence of oppression, and just before it is is lowered into the collective grave of the painful past.