(2015, USA, 111 mins)
Brooklyn-based Jem Cohen is perhaps the most important diary / essay / street filmmaker currently working. For more than three decades he has been documenting and celebrating the lives of the marginalised and the overlooked in moving, committed and always resistant works that speak with the fragile poetry of everyday epiphany. Following his internationally acclaimed Museum Hours, his most recent feature is a dispatch from across the globe.
“In fifteen linked chapters shot in locations ranging from Moscow to New York to Istanbul, Counting merges city symphony, diary film, and personal/political essay to create a vivid portrait of contemporary life. Perhaps the most personal of Cohen’s films (Museum Hours, Chain, Instrument, Benjamin Smoke), Counting measures street life, light and time, noting not only surveillance and overdevelopment but resistance and its phantoms as manifested in music, animals and everyday magic.” (Cinema Guild)
Book tickets: £5 (£4 concessions).
Whitstable Biennale Film Pass: £15 (£10 concessions).