The Turner Film Diaries

    • James T. Hong
    • Netherlands, The / Taiwan
    • 2012
    • 26 min
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    Synopsis

    What initially appears to be a legitimate indictment of American cultural decadence turns out to be the filming of an ultra-rightwing manifesto. In 1978, William Pierce wrote The Turner Diaries under the pseudonym Andrew MacDonald. It was a novel that would later inspire others to commit violent acts, including Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The book is a fictitious retrospective on a "successfully" completed global ethnic cleansing. This documentary adopts a similar perspective. A demonic voice-over reads passages from the book, while abstract black-and-white images support the chaotic and hateful worldview. The documentary moves on to suggest that a society of mass consumption, obesity, dislocation and addiction can be a breeding ground for this outlook. The lack of logic in the reasoning is masterfully adopted in the editing. Director James T. Hong - specialized in polemical experimental films such as A Portrait of Sino-American Friendship - has made yet another resolutely provocative piece. The fact that this way of thinking - destruction as salvation - is music to the ears of some people is as fascinating as it is abhorrent.

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    • 26 min
    • black and white
    • video
    Screening copy
    Zukunftsmusik
    Director
    James T. Hong
    Co-director
    Yin-Ju Chen
    Production
    James T. Hong from Zukunftsmusik
    Editing
    James T. Hong
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