17th Chicago Underground Film Festival

6:00 pm Theater One Monday, June 28

THE EARTH IS YOUNG-INTO THE ZONE

INTO THE ZONE
Raphael Bondy, 30 min, video, Switzerland, 2010

Five tourists travel to Chernobyl, visit the ghost town Pripyat, meet people who live there, report about their strong impressions and feelings. Pictures of the time before and after the catastrophic accident (1986), the concrete traces of the history are moving, let the time stand still.(RB)

THE EARTH IS YOUNG
Michael Gitlin, 58 min, video, USA, 2009

An essay film that borders on science-fiction, THE EARTH IS YOUNG looks at the work of Young Earth Creationists, fringe scientists who see in the fossil record evidence of a literal six-day creation and six-thousand-year-old Earth. Gitlin contrasts these meetings with the methodical work of traditional scientists, as well the strange microscopic worlds found in a droplet of water, both of which suggest the planet’s origins are much older and perhaps even more complex and incredible. Gitlin raises questions about the objectivity of the documentary process itself, appreciating the dedication and conviction of his subjects while vehemently disagreeing with their conclusions. (Bryan Wendorf)