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WHERE IS THE BLACK BEAST?

is a film interpretation of Crow The Life and Songs of the Crow, by Ted Hughes, made from hundreds of found photographs that date from the early 20th century through the present day. All of the photographs are amateur snapshots found in fleamarkets and junk shops, and contain the point of view, focus and composition of countless people.

Hughes wrote Crow in the 1960s. It is an extremely dark view of the world and of humanity.  Many of these photographs date from the same time. On the surface many of them depict holidays, birthdays and other celebrations, but digging beneath the expressions and gestures reveals the egos, the fears, the aggressions and the disappointments that Hughes so chillingly portrayed with his metaphoric use of a crow to stand for humanity.

The piece is set to an original sound track by Algis Antanas Kizys