The Forgotten Space
(Noël Burch, Allan Sekula, 2010, 112 min)
Directed by filmmaker and author Noël Burch (b.1932) and the late artist, photographer and filmmaker Allan Sekula (1951-2013). The "forgotten space" of Sekula and Burch's essay film is the sea, the oceans through which 90% of the world's cargo now passes. At the heart of this space is the container box, which, since its invention in the 1950s, has become one of the most important mechanisms for the global spread of capitalism.
The film follows the container box along the international supply chain, from ships to barges, trains, and trucks, mapping the byzantine networks that connect producers to consumers (and more and more frequently, producing nations to consuming ones). Visiting the major ports of Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Guangdong province, and many places between, it connects the economic puzzle pieces that corporations and governments would prefer remain scattered.
The Forgotten Space introduced by Brett Story, a non-fiction filmmaker, writer and geographer based in Toronto.
Presented by the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival with the University of Michigan Museum of Art.