A Brief History of the Obliteration of HopeUnited States, 2019, 8 min, Black and white
"A monument to the Tlatelolco student massacre of 1968 in Mexico City, ten days before the Olympics. Hundred of students were disappeared. A grotesque tradition - the complete physical obliteration of students organizing for progressive change - was hurled into motion. This film is nearly wordless. In place of words, the enactment of violence against the images themselves, in a stagger towards commensurate aesthetics. Produced in collaboration with UNAM Filmoteca and Catedra Bergman UNAM.”
Travis Wilkerson makes films in the tradition of the “third cinema,” wedding politics to form in an indivisible manner. His films have screened at numerous venues and festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam, Vienna, Yamagata, the FID Marseille and the Musée du Louvre. He was named one of the top 50 avant-garde filmmakers of the decade by the Film Comment critic’s poll. His best-known work is an agit-prop essay on the lynching of Wobbly Frank Little, An Injury to One.