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On A Clear Day You Can See The Revolution From Here (2020)



World Premiere | Visions du Réel | May 2020
UK Premiere | Sheffield Doc Fest | June 2020
Distribution | Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

On A Clear Day You Can See the Revolution From Here excavates layers of myth, geology and technology to reveal the shifting fault lines between a government, its people and their land.

The film brings into focus contemporary processes of nation building and myth-making in Kazakhstan through an expansive journey across the remnants of Soviet technological infrastructures that haunt the country’s landscape. Shot on 16mm, the camera is drawn across the landscape taking in locations that include mineral mines, the Eurasian Steppe, the STS decommissioned nuclear site and the newly constructed city of Nur-Sultan.

On A Clear Day You Can See the Revolution From Here provides a meditative faux observational film about the continual process of construction involved in nationhood and national identity.

Trailer - On A Clear Day You Can See The Revolution From Here from Ben Evans James on Vimeo.

A film by Ben Evans James & Emma Charles

In collaboration with: Duman Nursila & Sebastian Kite

With thanks: Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, Film Shed, Splice London, The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, LOM Audio & Cinelab