Death Songs & Car Bombs


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Guided by a ceremonial death song, an attempt to reach the unholy sea transforms into a chaotic place study of Bali’s infamous tourism district- car-bombed one year after 9/11. Osama bin Laden declared the attack to be a direct response to the United States’ War on Terror. Now, a dimly-lit memorial stands amidst a sea of Western signage, and by fate, an identical Mitsubishi L300 passes ground zero as the roll flares out.
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Brendan and Jeremy Smyth are 16mm experimental documentary filmmakers who explore the globe in search of cultural oddities. Their interest in visual anthropology has sent them from Mexico to Indonesia showcasing the economic plight of workers through unique methods of storytelling. The twins’ work has won multiple awards and screened at notable festivals/venues including $100 Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter, Atlanta, Chicago Underground, Columbus Int’l, Edinburgh Int’l, FLEX, Indie Grits, and Virginia. The two are the directors/programmers of the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival in Massachusetts, now in its third year. Currently, the Smyth brothers live in Durham, NC, where they curate a monthly experimental film series known as UNEXPOSED.

1 comment for “Death Songs & Car Bombs

  1. October 14, 2015 at 2:08 am

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