Pervomaisk

DOCUMENTARY FILM
Direction and Production. 65 min, 2017.

Official Selection BAFICI - Buenos Aires International
Independent Film Festival, 2018

What shall be done with the private property of a man who fought it his whole life? Flora Reznik’s great-uncle – a prominent Zionist Marxist figure in Argentina and Chile – passes away, which translates into a problem for the whole kibbutz he helped found in the vicinity of Palestine Territory, and arouses his great-niece’s curiosity.

 
 
 
 
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"To understand why Flora Reznik’s first film is called like a remote Ukrainian city and not Kibbutz Metzer -the Israeli commune located 2500 kilometers from Pervomaisk, where the film takes place almost in its entirety- one needs to arrive to the final ten minutes. To “arrive” and not to “await”, because what makes Pervomaisk a precise and potent symbol of so many things is being deciphered on the way towards there (and, in a sense, it is the way). There are lives, as much as there are places, in which History seems to inscribe with traces stronger than usual: many of the dilemmas, tensions and contradictions of the 20th Century are clearly readable in the parable of the kibbutz founded by Pesaj Zaskin, a wrecked utopia that Reznik does not send off with laments, but with the glorious rebellion of a techno song."

-Agustín Masaedo.  

 
 
 
 

The film included a series of performances in the public space, in which the artist encountered significant places or manipulated personal objects that belonged to her great uncle.

 
 
 
 

The encounter with her great uncle Pesaj Zaskin took place in his home in Kibutz Metzer 2 months before he passed away.
 

The artist recorded 10 days of conversations, of which she made a full transcription and compiled it in a book.

Read full text (in Spanish).

 
 
 

Director and producer: Flora Reznik
Artistic collaboration and Cinematography: Ivo Aichenbaum
Sound recording: Jorrit van Rijn and Yuliya Malikova
Editor: Ariela Bergman
Sound post production: Lautaro Aichenbaum
Colorist: Agustina San Martín
Music: Alejandro Starosielski

 

Official Selection BAFICI 20
(Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, 2018)

With the support of INCAA

Winner of Fondo Nacional de las Artes (Argentina),
Feature Documentary, Third Prize, 2017.

https://mubi.com/es/films/pervomaisk