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Ross Little and Florrie James have collaborated on a series of three short films entitled 1957 Chevy Apparition. Each film presents a variety of experiences (real and imagined), reflecting on time spent in Havana, Cuba. They use a mixture of documentary and fiction to explore the vastly differing and contradictory ways Cuban history and politics is represented. Each film brings its own language of remembered conversation, feelings, political viewpoints and daydreams. The three films experiment with home-made lenses and filters - including silk, smoke and dense foliage.

They find a way to talk about their experiences through fictional texts within the films. Neon Pink represents a slipping of consciousness of its central narrator, who travels through memories and time, grasping at a whole vision but never managing to break through the layers of truth and invention. Transgenic Technology and Recombinant DNA Technique is a fictional report on the state of agriculture on the island in a time of considerable economical and social change. Caña is an allegorical story of a woman's wondering through a sugar cane plantation, coming across three apparitions who embody the distant voices of post colonial writer Ngugi Wa Thiongo, Bolivian feminist activist group Mujeres Creando (Women Creating), and feminist theorist Luce Irigaray.

Ross Little and Florrie James work with Nick James on a computer programme that edits footage live in accordance with a text they wrote in response to their time in Cuba. The computer programme acts as a writing machine, taking over part of the creative process, removing the wholeness of the film as an object and replacing it with something more reactive and loose. They portray a liquid, unfixed version of ideas, culture and histories.

Voice-over actors include Cassie Ezeji, Farah Portelo Alonso, Yahima Hernández Morales, and Agnieszka Habraschka. Sound Edit and mastering by the wonderful Richard McMaster.







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