A History of the World According to Getty Images
Richard Misek, United Kingdom, Norway 2022
Getty Images is one of the largest commercial archives in the world. Many defining images of the last century – images that form a part of our collective memory – now only exist behind Getty’s paywall.
This film is a study of property, profit, and power, made out of archive footage sourced from Getty’s online catalogue. It forms a meticulously crafted journey through some of the most significant moments of historical change ever caught on camera, and an impassioned commentary on how commercial archives influence what we see.
For Your Peace of Mind Make Your Own Museum
In a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, inhabits the ghost of an old woman named Senobia Cerrud. Many years ago she decided to transform her house into The Museum of Antiquities of All Species. She found a way to avoid death and now she lives on in her museum forever surrounded by the fantastic world she created with her writings, her creations and imaginations.
For Your Peace of Mind vividly presents Senobia, who has passed away but whose spirit infuses the film, as an embodiment of personal empowerment. She transformed her own home into The Museum of Antiquities of All Species. There, she carefully arranged the old computers, televisions, telephones, and other dilapidated machinery that she was constantly picking up during her strolls, curating them alongside her hand sown and knitted finery. In and amongst these objects, she set various placards, with her written thoughts and observations on life, which pop out like inspirational sayings.
Beyond this chronicle of her creations, For Your Peace of Mind takes things one step further. Enlisting the help of some of the local women who knew her, the filmmakers strive to provide a deeper insight into Senobia. The poetic and sometimes playful observational style of the film becomes infused with a more conceptual approach, albeit one that comments on the talking heads practice in documentary.
Barbara Goslawski, POV Magazine