DOKUFEST: SELECTOR’S SELECTIONS DAY 4
As well as our daily insider tips appearing on the website to guide you through DokuFest’s extensive program, festival director Nita Deda has picked out a selection of highlights. Today it’s The Image You Missed.
Irish filmmaker Donal Foreman’s essay-doc is an excavation into his own history, a shared history, and the history he might’ve missed.
The film’s a family matter, and in piecing together the films and documents left behind by his estranged father the Irish-American filmmaker (“in Paris”), Arthur MacCaig, who made the troubles in Ireland his big subject, Foreman builds a reflection on hurt and belonging. As he charts the likenesses between himself and MacCaig — filmmakers both, who migrated transatlantically in different directions — its their differences, the missing images, that resound. The central friction is in their discrete historical perspectives of nationalist struggle, and, in lieu of direct contact, the film functions as a correspondence between father and son on all these matters. It’s this epistolary form that allows Foreman to attempt to trace a connective thread across time and place, out of raw material and remembered absence.
The Image You Missed is a deft weave of the personal and the political, never sentimental but keenly felt.