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Directed by Allan Sekula, Noël Burch

United States 2010 112 mins. In English

Based on Sekula’s “Fish Story,” a large-scale exhibition of photographs and accompanying texts depicting the international seabound shipping trade, THE FORGOTTEN SPACE sees that project gaining complexity through interviews with dock workers, engineers, politicians, and individuals directly affected by the trade. While the film’s scope is impressively wide-ranging, the filmmakers focus on the day-to-day to illuminate the ways in which seabound shipping profoundly affects all of us. “The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which—maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation—leads the world economy to the abyss.”—Sekula and Burch.



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