Reading Aloud: What Is Power? by Fred Dewey

The late Fred Dewey’s essay "What Is Power?" rendered on film becomes something like a Greek chorus of very different voices, rising to affirm what we find hardest to believe at this moment: that power does not in fact reside among the powerful but is always there for we, the people, to reclaim. This film adds a new dimension to a text which asks many questions: What is the real nature of power? Where does it actually reside? How do we respond to, and understand, powerlessness? Why is protest utterly inadequate? What happens when people read philosophy out loud to each other?

  • Dana Berman Duff
  • Dana Berman Duff
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  • Jeremiah Day
  • Sue Spaid
  • Renée Petropoulos
  • Lucas Reiner
  • Brooks Roddan
  • Eileen Myles
    Key Cast
  • Dennis Cooper
    Key Cast
  • Simone Forti
    Key Cast
  • Chris Kraus
    Key Cast
  • Suzanne Lacy
    Key Cast
  • Laura Flanders
    Key Cast
  • Hedi el Kholti
    Key Cast
  • Meena Nanji
    Key Cast
  • John Malpede
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Political, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    38 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Dana Berman Duff
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    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Dana Berman Duff

Dana Berman Duff lives and works in Los Angeles and rural Mexico. Her works in small format film and video have been screened in numerous festivals including the Toronto IFF, IFF Rotterdam, FID Marseille, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement (Geneva), Edinburgh IFF, ExIS (Seoul), Antimatter (Vancouver), Alchemy Moving Image Festival (Scotland), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), Rencontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin), Bideodromo (Bilbao), Cairo IFF, Timisoara Festival (Romania), Filmmakers Festival (Milan), Onion City Experimental, Dortmund/Cologne International Women’s Film Festival, Seattle Filmforum, and others. A POTENTIALITY was recognized at FID Marseille 2020 with an Alice Guy award. An evening of her short works was screened at REDCAT in Los Angeles in June, 2022.

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PW: Power