In Europe in the fall and winter of 1989, history took place before our very eyes. Andrei Ujică and Harun Farocki’s Videograms shows the Romanian Revolution of December 1989 in a new media-based form of historiography. Demonstrators occupy the building of the Romanian National Television in Bucharest and broadcast continuously for 120 hours. Between December 21, the day of Ceauşescu’s last speech, and December 26, when the first televised summary of his trial was broadcast, the cameras recorded events at the most important locations in Bucharest. If at the outbreak of the uprising only one camera dared to record, hundreds were in operation on the following day. Here is what they captured.
Andrei Ujică, Harun Farocki • Romania • 1992 • 106′
„I was on my way home when the Secret Police soldiers shot at us without warning. […] I stand with you, young people from Timişoara and Bucharest and the entire country, we stand with you in the great revolution!” (wounded woman, shouting from her hospital bed)
Born in Timisoara in 1951, Andrei Ujică debuted with Videograms of a Revolution in 1992. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu (2010), a film widely regarded as a monumental achievement, allows him to explore again the end of communism.
From 1967 onwards, Harun Farocki directed more than 120 films and installations that analysed the powers of the image with an impressive originality. A powerful critic, editor, theorist and curator, he became one of the leading names in European artistic world.