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Synopsis in English

Documentation Report is a continuous series of short episode like film and photo sequences. The protagonist is a woman, whose head resembles a surveillance camera. Through this prosthesis she becomes a surveying entity herself. In the different episodes she is observed as she walks through nearly empty streets in formerly communist cities and looks at surveillance cameras and is looked at by them. Often these cameras are located in the vicinity of buildings that are of importance in society, for example the federal intelligence agency in Berlin or the National Cultural Palace in Sofia.

The filmmaker has personal connections to all places, where she and cinematographer Lars Preisser have filmed. For instance, she was born before the fall of the Berlin wall in Sofia during the socialist regime, and has now many years later filmed/observed in the same street, where she once has lived. Her family, like many people during socialism, has been affected by state surveillance, which is a detail she only knows little about.

Synopsis in Deutsch
Sachstandsdokumentation ist eine fortlaufende Serie von kurzen episodenförmigen Film- und Fotosequenzen. Die Protagonistin ist eine Frau, deren Kopf einer Überwachungskamera gleicht. Sie wird durch diese Prothese selbst zu einer überwachenden Entität. In den verschiedenen Episoden wird sie beobachtet, wie sie in ehemaligen sozialistischen Städten durch fast menschenleere Straßen geht und Überwachungskameras betrachtet und von ihnen betrachtet wird. Oft befinden sich diese Kameras im Umkreis von Gebäuden denen eine gesellschaftlich signifikante Rolle zukommt, zum Beispiel dem Bundesnachrichtendienst in Berlin oder dem Nationalen Kulturpalast in Sofia.

Die Filmemacherin hat persönliche Bezüge zu allen Orten, an denen sie und Cinematograph Lars Preisser gefilmt haben. Zum Beispiel wurde sie vor dem Fall der Berliner Mauer in Sofia während des sozialistischen Regimes geboren, und hat nun viele Jahre später die Straße gefilmt/ überwacht, auf der sie einst gewohnt hatte. Ihre Familie war, wie viele Menschen im Sozialismus, von Staatsüberwachung betroffen, was ein Detail ist, über das sie nur wenig weiß.

Documentation Report (No. 0617 - 0918)

Festival screenings (N for award nomination)
(Please note that the film has been shown at different stages of progress of compiling the three episodes. The final edit is from Fall 2019.)
2021 8th Arquiteturas Film Festival. Lisboa, PT N
2020 Hot Steam III. Online and on Community Channel Cambridge. Cambridge, MA, USA
2020 Video Art Miden. Moved to online edition due to pandemic. Kalamata, GR
2020 28th Artifact Small Film Format Festival. Postponed to a later date due to pandemic. Calgary, CA
2019 12th this human world - International Human Rights Film Festival. Vienna, AT N
2019 1st Festival 1666 - Festival Internacional de Cinema 16mm. Sao Paolo/Rio de Janeiro, BR N
2019 18th Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival. Lausanne, CH N
2019 20th dresdner schmalfilmtage (Small Format Film Festival Dresden). Dresden, DE N (4 Minute edit under same name)
2018 34th Internationales Kurzfilmfestival interfilm (International Shortfilm Festival interfilm). Berlin, DE (only episode no. 0617) (as Beatrice Schuett)
2018 35th Kasseler Dokfest (Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival). Kassel, DE (6 Minute edit under same name) (as Beatrice Mumdschijan-Schuett)

Art in the public space
Stadt findet Kunst. Billboards with a motif from Documentation Report (No. 0619). Berlin, DE

Non-festival screenings
2021 The Viral City. Goethe-Institut Montreal. Montreal, CA
2018 Night Screenings. feldfuenf. Berlin, DE (only episode no. 0617)
2018 Screening with members of the class expanded cinema in the framework of Porschismus #12: The artist is absent. C.Rockefeller Center for Contemporary Art. Dresden, DE (only episode no. 0617)
2018 Screening & Artist Talks with class of expanded cinema. PACT Zollverein. Essen, DE (only episode no. 0617)

Photo festivals (N for award nomination)
2020 Photometria Awards 2020 "Stalk Me". 12th Photometria Festival. Still from Documentation Report (No. 0918). Ioannina, GR N

Credits
Director of Photography: Lars Preisser
Performer: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian
Director: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian
Editors: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian, Lars Preisser
Editing advisor: Janina Herhoffer
Surveillance Camera Hat: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian, 2012
Filmed on Wittner Chrome and exp. Kodak Vision2 250D
Motion picture film developer: laborberlin, Andec
Motion picture film scan: Andec
Still film developer: Various
Still film scan: Beatrice Schuett Moumdjian

Notes
I have been continuing to photograph and film places of importance to the topic of control, like the Stasi files archive in Berlin-Lichtenberg, the federal intelligence service BND in Berlin, and the German Chancellery. My inspiration in connecting governmental and familial issues of control and surveillance is my own childhood.

Copyright images of exterior screening 'The Viral City'
© Goethe-Institut Montreal, Monik Richter