Format: 16mm and Super8 transferred to HD
Duration: 21 mins
Direction: Kamila Kuc
Sound: Timothy Nelson
Editing and colour grading: George Otelea
Also available on the Ann Arbor District Library website.
In I Think You Should Come to America the correspondence between two young and naïve penfriends serves as a vehicle to explore the dangers of seeing cultures different from our own as ‘other.’ Here a young Polish woman (myself), coming of age in the dying embers of Communist Poland, seeks escape in the re-imagined romance of the Native American life, through her correspondence with an incarcerated young Native American. Using only his letters to her, I present my pen-friend’s own need to escape, voiced to a montage of poetic imagery, presenting multiple views of both Poland and America at pivotal points in their history. What results is a nuanced and often contradictory picture that is left to the viewer to disassemble. In I Think You Should Come to America cultural conditions in which memories are created are exposed through the medium of film, as the viewer is asked to question the politics of cinematic representation.
Funded by the Arts Council of England (UK), New Mexico Arts, New Mexico Humanities Council, McCune Charitable Foundation, Albuquerque Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (in collaboration with Experiments in Cinema, USA).
Awards and nominations
The Honorable Mention Award 'for the film's vision and its unique contribution to cinema', Los Angeles Underground Film Forum, Los Angeles, CA.
Nominated for Best Experimental Film, Short to the Point, Bucharest, Romania.
ANALOGICA 8, Artists' Television Access, San Francisco, CA
Studio Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
BIM: Bienale de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Artists' Television Access, San Francisco, CA
ANALOGICA 8, Bolzano, Italy
Antimatter Media Art Festival, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Horse Hospital, London, UK
SKLAD, Sukhum, Abkhazia
Southern Colorado Film Festival, Alamosa, CO
Milwaukee Women's Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Short to the Point, Bucharest. Nominated for Best Experimental Film
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
Austin Polish Film Festival, as part of a solo screening (with Batum and Fluchtpunkt), Austin, TX