South Korea-Germany, 2007, video
Respite consists of silent black-and-white film shot by photographer Rudolph Breslauer at Westerbork, a Dutch refugee camp established in 1939 for Jews fleeing Germany. In 1942, […] its function was reversed by the Nazis and it became a “transit camp.” [...] One of the revelations of Respite concerns the discovery of a […] chart signaling with arrows and numbers, […] [which] clearly demonstrate its double function as labor camp and place of transit, antechamber of extermination. [...] Harun Farocki chose to place the peaceful sequences of Westerbork in resonance with other tragic scenes and images that populate the collective memory and imagination. Over the innocuous scenes of the dental clinic, he evokes the gold teeth wrenched from the dead at Birkenau; over the white coats of a laboratory, the sinister medical experiments practiced at Auschwitz; […] The sequences of Westerbork thus become palimpsest 2 images, which summon to the surface other image-strata, which recall the memory and history of cinema.
Screening along with Images of the World and the Inscription of War (€5 ticket includes both films)