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7 Queens

Véréna Paravel / US, FR, 2009 / 22 min.

Artist and anthropologist Véréna Paravel takes her camera on a walk through Queens to Manhattan, under the tracks of metro line 7. The spontaneous meetings and interactions she has make for a capricious portrait of New York’s culturally diverse population. Tickets for a short film have a reduced price.

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"If there’s one thing I detest, it’s the fly-on-the-wall principle adopted by many documentary filmmakers. They suggest that they remain unseen and unheard, like a kind of omniscient God who has no relationship to the people in front of the camera. My films are about real meetings: they are the embodiment of this. There really is no neutral gaze – the camera is always challenged by the people in front of it."


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Véréna Paravel

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7 Queens


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Part of

Paravel & Castaing-Taylor

Eye Filmmuseum presents Cosmic Realism, the first retrospective featuring the works of Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Trained as anthropologists, they merge anthropology, documentaries, and visual arts in their craft. The exhibition takes the viewer past seven immersive installations in which the development of the makers can be followed.

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