Previously at the ICA - Films
16 Jun 2017 – 9 Jul 2017
This film will be screening exclusively at the ICA in London.
A portrait of Baltimore as a laboratory for both rodent and human populations alike, Rat Film is an acerbic, seductive and hugely inventive documentary that explodes the American city’s ‘rat problem’ into a powerful and poetic tale of urban, social and racial inequalities.
Winning comparisons to Harun Farocki, Werner Herzog and Chris Marker upon its premiere at Locarno International Film Festival, for his first feature Theo Anthony draws upon his experience in music videos, digital culture and photojournalism to create a singular cinematic language of his own. Combining elements including academic research, tender encounters with eccentric characters, Google Maps hacks, a Dan Deacon soundtrack, the tactics of rat hunters and the architectural adaptations of rat keepers, Rat Film tells a devastating tale of a city’s means of keeping its ‘undesirable’ elements in order.
Rat Film, dir. Theo Anthony, US 2016, 82 mins