On Demand

(of)fences

by b.h. Yael
Impressionistic documentation of the protests and perimeters at the 2000 Summit of the Americas held in Quebec City.
2002  ·  6m  ·  Canada
English, French
About the Film

In the context of the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, in April 2000, a group of filmmakers and video artists came together to consider the repercussions of free trade and to collaborate on a project that resulted in “Blah, Blah, Blah. (Re)Viewing Quebec.”  (of)fences was made for this compilation. 

This impressionistic documentation is located at the perimeter of the very long fence that surrounded the conference grounds, holding in the leaders and holding out the voices and bodies of the protesters.  The fence disallowed, precluded, protected, imposed … the offences of silence. (OF)FENCES addresses the protesters and is a meditation on the reasons people came to speak in Quebec, listing the issues at stake for leadership, democracy, workers, the earth and other aspects of their lives.

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About the Director

b.h. Yael

b.h. Yael is a Toronto based filmmaker, video and installation artist. She is Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University and past Assistant Dean and past Chair of Integrated Media in the Faculty of Art.

Yael is the recent recipient of a Chalmers Fellowship Award and a Toronto Arts Council grant to media artists. Her most recent work, Trading the Future recently won the ‘Audience Award’ at the Ecofilms 2009 festival in Rhodes, Greece, and has also received the ‘Best Humanitarian Observation – Media Matters’ award at the Rivers Edge International Film Festival in Kentucky, USA. Trading the Future is a video essay that questions the inevitability of apocalypse and its repercussions on environmental urgencies.

Yael’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown in various settings, from festivals to galleries to various educational venues. Her work has been purchased by several universities. Yael’s past film and video work has dealt with issues of identity, authority and family structures, while at the same time addressing the fragmentary nature of memory and belonging. More recent work focuses on activist initiatives, political fear, apocalypse and gender. The work most often involves non-linear and hybrid forms, including dramatized and fictional elements combined with first person narration, autobiographical and documentary perspectives.

 
Other films by b.h. Yael

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