Screening on Film
Directed by Jem Cohen .
With Miho Nikaido, Mira Billotte.
US, 2004, 16mm transferred to digital video, color, 99 min.

Shot over seven years, with strip malls and corporate parks from around the globe comprising the “superlandscape” of the film, Chain explores the homogenization of our culture, and how it shapes and informs the lives of two women in particular. One is researching theme parks for her company while the other lives and works illegally, on the fringes of a shopping mall. Taking the ubiquitous yet strangely invisible superstores that blanket America as his subject, Cohen crafts an alternative landscape of disposable landmarks and bleakly mundane attractions with the chilling realism of a true horror film.

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