FILM: EMPAC at RPI Screens “Zama” Tonight [Berkshire on Stage]
at 7pm tonight (Thursday, February 28), the Short Shadows film series resumes at EMPAC at RPI in Troy with three films that explore narratives erased by colonialism and misogyny. Lucrecia Martel’s award-winning 2017 feature film, “Zama,” will be shown along with “Sangre Seca” by Colectivo Los Ingrávidos and “Ch’u Mayaa” by Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin.
Adapted from the 1956 novel of the same name by Antonio di Benedetto, “Zama” imagines an 18th-century South American colonial outpost. Focused on the spiraling despair of a subject desperate to prove his power within the hierarchy of Spanish colonial governance, Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel’s camera lingers with characteristic attention to detail across the architecture and landscape that increasingly imprisons Corregidor Zama in a psychedelic vision of subjugation.