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The Manhattan Front
(Cathy Lee Crane, 2017, 85 min, USA, in English and Spanish w/ English subtitles, Color/BW, DCP)
Women, anarchists, and spies shape the fantastically true story of how America entered WWI. In Cathy Lee Crane's film, a young girl conjures this story from the lines of a chalk circle. Once upon a time, in 1915, a German saboteur arrived to Manhattan to interrupt the export of American munitions to Britain. He soon found a collaborator in a wayward stevedore who unwittingly led him to a group of labor anarchists, led by legendary activist Elisabeth Gurley Flynn. Sabotage soon turned these bedfellows into agents of the other's tragic end.
The film’s visual style of staged live action material is designed as if it were the playing ground of a child’s dollhouse. The film could be said to be the story of the First World War as told by a little girl playing. Any one of its female protagonists could later become anyone’s great-grandmother. Continuing her unique aesthetic that combines staged and archival material, this film furthers Crane’s investigation into the manner by which fact and fiction unmask each other; an ongoing inquiry into hidden histories held in the archive.
Read director Cathy Lee Crane's interview in Filmmaker Magazine: “In the Master’s Narrative, We Don’t Hear the Stories of the Oppressed, the Disenfranchised, of Women”: Director Cathy Lee Crane on Her SF Indiefest Premiere, The Manhattan Front
Official website: http://www.themanhattanfront.com