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Paradise Not Yet Lost (a.k.a. Oona’s Third Year) preceded by Self-Portrait

August 10 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Introduced by Donna Cameron

“These reels of my film diaries contain the film ‘notes’ taken during the calendar year 1977, arranged chronologically. We see a lot of home life and the city. We see a lot of our daughter Oona whose third year of life this is. It’s a diary film but also a meditation on the theme of Paradise. It is a letter to Oona; to serve her, some day, as a distant reminder of how the world around her looked during the third year of her life — a period of which there will be only tiny fragments left — and to provide her with a romantic’s guide to the essential values of life in a world of artificiality, commercialism, and bodily and spiritual poison.” — Jonas Mekas (1979, 16mm, 96 minutes)
    Self-Portrait, in which Mekas speaks frankly about his life and cinema, precedes the feature. (1980, video, 20 minutes)

still from Paradise Not Yet Lost (a.k.a Oona's Third Year)
courtesy Film-makers' Cooperative/ New American Cinema Group

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