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All Light, Everywhere (N/C 12+)

24 March

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All Light, Everywhere

Thurs 24 March | 20.45 | CCA Theatre

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A feature slips into the GSFF programme: the Scottish Premiere of Theo Anthony's Sundance award winner All Light, Everywhere. Drawing connections between colonial photographic methodologies of the 19th century and modern police technologies in Baltimore, the film questions and reimagines the very idea of the ‘objective lens’, positioning the camera as a weapon for both the oppressors and the oppressed.

Using the rise of police body cameras as a point of departure, Anthony creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of our shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. Moving from the 19th century, where the nascent art of photography went hand in hand with colonial projects and the development of automatic weapons, to the headquarters of Axon, a company with a near monopoly on body cameras in the United States, Anthony charts a long view of the relationship between photography and violence. His narrative encompasses abstract explorations of the nature of perception and concrete examples of how the limitations of that perception are weaponised.

All Light, Everywhere presents this authoritarian use of photography without ever losing sight of the medium’s potential to subvert. Anthony’s self-reflexive style makes room for both ambiguity and the sublime, employing verité, performance, and archival research to frame and reframe, underline and undermine. The film stands as a rebuke of the very images it uses to construct its argument. All Light, Everywhere orients the viewer toward a more democratic approach to the image, forsaking the illusion of certainty for a shared journey towards truth.

Preceded by the short film Constrain by Galdric Fleury and Antoine Fontaine.

Captioned for d/Deaf viewers.

Constrain

​We are all prisoners of a nationality, a social condition, a skin colour, to which the police and state repression force us to resign ourselves.​

  • Director Theo Anthony
  • Country USA
  • Year 2021
  • Duration 1h50m
  • Scottish Premiere
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