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Love with Obstacles

Dora García

video, color, 16:9, Spanish, Russian & English spoken, English subtitles, BE/NO, 2020, 60’

Love with Obstacles focuses on the extraordinary author, Marxist feminist, October revolutionary, political exile and diplomat, Alexandra Kollontai (St. Petersburg,1872– Moscow, 1952). The film dives into the conservation of her legacy in Moscow archives, what has been told and untold, and her vision of the future of a socialist feminist revolution. Love with Obstacles is the first part of the feature film Amor Rojo (to be completed in 2021) which will draw a fuller portrait of a figure that is able to bridge a century of feminisms, from first wave to fourth and fifth, across a couple of oceans, from Russia to Mexico and the Pacific. Through her legacy and its place in the history of ideas, the film seeks to draw a genealogy to today’s renewed surge of feminism.

Texts Alexandra Kollontai
Reading Caroline Daish, Olga de Soto, Mette Edvardsen, Samah Hijawi, Rina Ortiz & Alex Reynolds
Camera Vincent Pinckaers
Sound Laszlo Umbreit
Technical supervision Boris Belay
Music Jan Mech
Editing Simon Arazi & Dora García
Color grading Loup Brenta at Cobalt
Produced by Auguste Orts
With support from Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Kulturrådet Oslo, KUF grant, KHiO Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Garage Field Research, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, On & For Production and Distribution, Rose Art Museum

Love with Obstacles has been on display at the following locations:

Loop Barcelona, (ES) Nov 10–Nov 21 2020 Workers Education Association Stockholm, (SE) Thursday, Oct 15 2020 Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University Waltham, (US) Sep 30–Oct 5 2020 Rose Art Museum Massachusetts, (US) Feb 14–May 17 2020