How to Reheat Leftover Soup and Recycle 4 Poetry

How to Reheat Leftover Soup and Recycle 4 Poetry

12 Apr 2018, 14:30 - 15:30

Poets' Corner

Latvian author and director Maira Dobele presents her project Recycling4poetry. It is a series of 12 short films with poems by Latvian poets. When sequenced one after the other, these 12 short films almost by chance grew into an algorithm of life – a life story. The film series is inspired by Latvian poetry and the work of diary filmmakers Philip Hoffman and Dagie Brundert. Out of environmental concerns, part of the material was filmed on expired film stock and hand-processed in Caffenol or other household liquids, such as black currant juice or potato water. The film material consists of Super 8 footage left over from other projects by the director and her colleagues. The film also includes found footage from a flea market in the director's home town.

Commenting on choosing the poems for the series, director Maira Dobele quotes the writer Roberto Bolaño:


"But poetry (real poetry) is like that: you can sense it, you can feel it in the air, the way they say certain highly attuned animals (snakes, worms, rats, and some birds) can detect an earthquake." (The Savage Detectives, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer)



  • Maira Dobele


    Latvian Author and Director

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