White Man Has Clean Hands


Dir. Ericka Beckman, super 8 Color Sound 00:30:00

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"WHITEMAN was an experiment. I was asking if language can express action in any meaningful way. I chose a structure for this film. In the first half, a set of images followed verbal commands. Each image served as an object to answer a command. Then I let the images play without the verbal framework. In the first half of WHITE MAN, seeing the image is shortened or constrained by having to answer to verbal demands. The relaxation of structure in the second half, releases emotional and narrative qualities in the images themselves and their positions.
White man can’t be blamed for the action. White man can’t see."
E.B. 1976
[Source: Ericka Beckman website]