Learning to Milk a Cow

  • Learning to Milk a Cow

  • Artist: Juli Saragosa
  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 64:30
  • Country: Canada
  • When the filmmaker’s grandmother was 19, she was taken from Soviet Ukraine to
    Germany to work on a Bavarian farm under National Socialism. She had the luck and
    perseverance to survive hardships of the forced famine in her homeland and forced
    labour in the new one. The stories of her everyday life – learning how to milk a cow,
    falling in love – are interspersed with three generations of reflections on politics,
    longing, feelings of displacement and loss.

    Hand-processed black & white film, colour film, photographs and official documents
    create a montage of different perspectives. The hand-touch aesthetic combines with
    the acousmatic effect of disembodied voices, in this deeply intimate portrait obscured
    by memory loss, mis-translation, fear and trauma.

     (Available with German subtitles as "Lernen eine Kuh zu melken".)






  • Language: English, German
  • Accession #: 6030
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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