Soft Fiction + From Romance to Ritual
DIRECTOR: CHICK STRAND / PEGGY AHWESH
Peggy Ahwesh in person
Chick Strand / 1979 / 54 min / 16mm
FROM ROMANCE TO RITUAL
Peggy Ahwesh / 1985 / 20 min / 16mm
“Ethnographic films can and should be works of art, symphonies about the fabric of a people, celebrations of the tenacity and uniqueness of the human spirit.” Chick Strand, Wide Angle (1978). Made in collaboration with her subjects, Chick Strand’s masterpiece Soft Fiction gives five women the space to, in her words, perform “an exorcism of [an] experience.” Strand captures the slippery, vivid memories of erotic fantasy, confusing sexual encounters, addiction, incest and historical trauma, laying bare narrative’s dual function of expressing and containing experience.
Total Runtime: 74 mins