03 Aug 2016

Why Cinema?


The biggest downfall of art, and particularly in my hypothesis, Cinema, comes from conclusion, resolution, and understanding. How much should we trust our perception of the external world? The world is a construct we’ve built from patterns our brain has identified from sensory experiences, so to each of us it is – a subjective reality, based on individual perception and interpretation. Whether there is an overarching ‘reality’ for all of us is quite another matter. When a filmmaker makes a film, he or she presents a reality or universe that is supposedly self-contained and autonomous. The very basic urge to create comes perhaps from ideas such as sharing, disturbing, or destroying. The filmmaker is also an audience of that film, and this makes the whole idea of Cinema a truly frightening experience. Simply put: how is it possible to make a film for yourself?

It is, of course, possible. In its genesis, and in the embryonic stage of that film, how much the film will be solidified by mass consumption and how much it will be forgotten by the resistance of restricted, control-freak, and utterly-insecure human settlements is already decided. Basically, looking back into the history of evolution and our position in the cosmos, or perhaps chaos, we can suggest that everything is a phase and nothing can last forever. As Karl Marx says: 

All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned …

Therefore, concepts of conclusion, resolution, and understanding are the methods we might find to prevent mass suicide and mania. The origins of Cinema – an utterly sensory, dreamlike, and primal human condition (sleep) – can suggest that its very raison d’être is to tap into the morbid nature of derangement. It is very simple: the creation of films with such a nature will naturally be eradicated by us, the very peculiar species that we are … Nevertheless the urge will continue. 

Rouzbeh Rashidi