White Light Cinema and Block Cinema Present

Jean-Pierre Gorin's 1979 Masterpiece

Poto and Cabengo

Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00pm

Block Cinema at Northwestern University

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive

After his 1970s collaborative films with Jean-Luc Godard (Tout Va Bien, Letter to Jane), filmmaker and intellectual Jean-Pierre Gorin left France to teach at UC San Diego. Primarily a professor and writer, his filmmaking has been sparse, but his “Southern California Trilogy” documentaries have been recognized as classics in the genre. The first of those films, the remarkable Poto and Cabengo, interweaves the lives of two six year-old identical twin girls who seem to have developed their own private language and Gorin’s own personal reflections on his adopted country. The result moves beyond the specific to illuminate just what it means to be human. New Digital Restoration from Criterion Films. (Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1979, USA, HDCam video, 76 min.)