“FAR WEST — The Hidden History” at Grand Action Cinema


November 24, 2021
20:00–22:00PM CET

Venue info

Grand Action Cinema
Address: 5 rue des Écoles
City: Paris
Country: France
Zip: 75005
Photo by Tomas van Houtryve / VII. Anastacio Bonnie Sanchez and San Geronimo church massacre site, 2017

Join co-directors Tomas van Houtryve and Mathilde Damoisel for the avant-premiere screening of the documentary film “FAR WEST – The Hidden History” on November 24 at 8 PM at Grand Action Cinema in Paris. A conversation with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Click here for more information.

About the film:

Photographer Tomas van Houtryve confronts America’s collective amnesia and reveals the hidden legacy of the Far West. At a time when the US has reinforced a wall that isolates it from Latin America, the photographer retraces another border, the one that existed before 1848, when the US military invaded and occupied the northern Mexican territories that are known today as the states of Texas, California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. He meets and photographs the descendants of families that have lived in these lands since long before the American conquest: indigenous, black and mestizo families that never crossed the border – the border crossed them. Rendered strangers in their own land, they push back on the founding myths of the American Frontier and contribute their own overlooked stories to our common history.

Tomas Van Houtryve

, Paris
Tomas van Houtryve is a photographer, conceptual artist, and author whose major works interweave investigative journalism, philosophy, and metaphor. Van Houtryve makes images using a wide range of processes, ranging from 19th-century wet plate collodion to Augmented Reality.
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