Harun Farocki's The Interview + Shorts

Directed by: Harun Farocki

Programmed by Beguiled Cinema!

The late German avant-garde filmmaker Harun Farocki made over 100 films, had major retrospective exhibitions at MOMA and the Tate Modern in London, and was called “surely one the most challenging, speculative and distinctive filmmakers ever to confront an audience” by The Los Angeles Times. Farocki’s The Interview (1996, 58 min.) is a fascinating documentary about a training course that teaches people how to apply for a job. Using video to critique their trainees’ practice interview performances, career counselors teach job seekers how to market and sell themselves, a skill to which the term “self-management” is applied. Under the critical eye of Farocki, these counselors are themselves scrutinized as they drill falseness into these job hopefuls.

Presented with Greg Stephen Reigh’s Paying My Bills (2014, 16 min.) and various 16mm educational shorts from the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive. Special thanks to IULMIA archivist Andy Uhrich for helping to curate the latter selection.

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