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Eduardo Williams’ kinetic films carry the viewer through liminal and peripheral paths—alleys, hallways, jungle trails, and grocery store aisles—into the intimate lives of their protagonists. What propels the movement of the ambulatory young men in Williams’ films is less central than the visceral feeling of being along for the ride. The hyperlocal, yet often disorienting experience of place, be it Sierra Leone and France in That I’m Falling? (2013), or Hanoi in I Forgot! (2014), is deepened through the casual minutiae discussed by close friends, or the texture of beloved hangout spots. In Parsi (2018), the propulsive words of Mariano Blatt’s poem “No es” match the relentless momentum of the embodied camera, which meanders the streets of Guinea-Bissau.

Williams is bold in folding the foreignness and tedium of travel into the materiality and movement of his films.


The Jack H. Skirball Series is organized by Bérénice Reynaud and Eduardo Thomas and funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This program is curated by Aily Nash.

KCRW is the Official Radio Sponsor of REDCAT.

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“Across jungles, up mountains and down into cramped caves, Williams’s camera moves further and closer away, finding grandeur in the juxtaposition between his (sometimes non-pro) modestly striding performers and their expansive surroundings.” –Filmmaker Magazine