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VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA, THE
VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA, THE
Directed By: Jessica Oreck

Jessica Oreck's award-winning first feature-length documentary Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo played MFF 2009, had a world-wide theatrical release, and aired on PBS' Independent Lens series in 2011. Her second feature Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys screened at MFF 2013 and went on to international realease. 

 
Hosted/Presented By: Jessica Oreck

Jessica Oreck's award-winning first feature-length documentary Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo played MFF 2009, had a world-wide theatrical release, and aired on PBS' Independent Lens series in 2011. Her second feature Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys screened at MFF 2013 and went on to international realease. 

 
Run Time: 73 Minutes

Jessica Oreck’s excellent earlier features Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (MFF 2009) and Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (MFF 2013) reorient viewers to another corner of the globe, and dig deep into a specific bond between the people of that region and the natural world: in the former, Japanese insect collectors, and in the latter, reindeer herders of the Finnish Lapland. Each film also approached its subject with a different energy—Beetle Queen kinetic and mysterious, Aatsinki quiet and immersive.

Oreck’s stunning new feature shares these concerns, yet feels without precedent. The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga takes us deep into Eastern Europe’s haunted woodlands for a meditation on collective memory. Various accounts of the mythic forest-dwelling witch Baba Yaga are assembled into one unified narrative that serves as the connective thread running through an anthropological exploration of a contemporary Eastern Europe marked by memories of war, famine, and other disasters.

In approaching this material, Oreck has created a tour-de-force that bridges experimental film, documentary, animation, folklore, and personal essay. Integral to this project are expressive cinematography from Sean Price Williams (known for films as different as Beetle Queen, Frownland, and Listen Up Philip), and complex sound design that adds to these visuals a fascinating layer of friction at once psychedelic and futuristic. The sum total reminds one of nothing so much as Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, another brilliant film that wove multiple techniques and subjects into a profound statement that felt simultaneously modern yet timeless, personal yet universal, foreign yet close to home. (Eric Allen Hatch)

 

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Screenings
May 10, 2014
VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA, THE
04:45 PM
MICA Gateway Building
May 11, 2014
VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA, THE
05:00 PM
MICA Lazarus Graduate Studio Center