Battlefield

8 min

Silvia Biagioni and Andrea Laudante, AAMOD, 2020

Intimate, other, virginal, objectified, ethereal, fragmented: the female body mirrors a battlefield for all women that, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, claimed its re-appropriation.

Battlefield is a tribute to all second-wave feminist movements; through fragments of daily life and social battles, it reconstructs those key moments in our recent history. Sound and images give voice to the archives of Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico, in an imaginary journey between different representations of femininity of that time.

Editing and music lead the viewer into an evocative place, in between memory and the present. In this sense, Battlefield is a passage through sound, visual and emotional spaces.

The processing of images is minimal, yet rigorous; the gaze focuses on the edge between the inside, the realm of memories and feelings, and the outside. The musical structure, based on a mechanical and electronic conception of sound and on the use of samples from the archives, leads the narration through inner landscapes, in a process of subjective re-appropriation of the archive.

The film was realised during an art residency at AAMOD Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico, with the support of MiBACT and SIAE, and premiered at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020.