This unusual text is as much the work of a filmmaker as that of an artist-writer who, in researching new forms of expression, mixes the realist æsthetics of documentary journalism with a reflection on the administrative and scientific treatment of mass catastrophes.
Drawing on an English literary movement of the eighteenth century, the Imaginary Biographies, Peter Greenaway here creates biographies of 92 people whose names were drawn from the authentic Official Directory published every three years by the commission in charge of investigating the unique phenomenon known as the Violent Unknown Event (VUE).
This phenomenon remains unexplained to this day and produced 19 million victims throughout the world in one day.
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