“Poto and Cabengo… refers to the unusual names that two little girls, the Kennedy twins, call one another. They had confounded their family by conversing with one another in their own language… Gorin’s explorations of the twins’ behavior and their family are the central dramas of this extraordinary documentary film. The mysteriousness of childhood and the innocence of the girls, who are shyly wondering why they are suddenly the focal points of outsiders’ attentions, become part of an ethnographic detective story. It leads the spectator into that imaginative world behind our world, which children see only for a time and only some grownups remember, but in silence.” — Albert Johnson, San Francisco International Film Festival
“It is about an unstructured discourse (‘the language of the twins’) surrounded by structured discourses (the discourse of the family, the discourse of the media, the discourse of therapy, the discourse of documentary filmmaking). At the end I was left with a sense that we do not speak, but that we are spoken through.”— Jean-Pierre Gorin on Poto and Cabengo
Languages: French, English, German
Running time: 73 min
Format: Digital presentation
Director: Jean-Pierre Gorin
Producers: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Jean-Pierre Gorin
Cinematographer: Les Blank
Editor: Greg Durbin
Print Source: Janus Films
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