觀映線索 clue of viewing|眾小的歷史 histories of the multitudes

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「歷史都是宏大,且無關日常小事」。由奴隸到封建,從帝制到代議,主流的歷史敍事只會記載偉人大事。所謂「治、亂、興、衰」,一切都只是帝皇將相們的功或過,平民們則是面目模糊,無關痛癢。

主流歷史一方面維護著當權者訂的遊戲規則,讓人以為眼前的制度無比合理,另一方面對無權者的生存狀態、與主流不相乎的經驗,都興致缺缺。可是,這些被視為不重要的差異經驗,往往盛載著小人物遭受權力統制、壓迫和剝削的痕跡。當這些故事都被刻意忽視、抹去,人們便無法認清自身的生存狀態與社會位置,即使希望改變,也會因著無法認清問題或反抗的對象,而無從入手。

那我們是不是應該放棄單一而宏大的歷史敍事,重新聆聽我們自身和其他人的眾小故事、留意那些被主流歷史忽略的差異經驗,梳理這些經驗與制度之間的千絲萬縷,嘗試述說分享?那樣,或者我們還有機會,將經驗轉化為力量,發現與其他無權者連結的可能,想像真正平等的世界。

本觀映線索包括:
未存在的故鄉 第一部:[只隔一江水]未存在的故鄉 第二部:[賭局]未存在的故鄉 第三部:[移.住.迴旋]拋下恐懼抗爭去家有核鄰鐵怒沿線-菜園紀事及蓽路藍縷鐵怒沿線-三谷勞工自拍:全球化地境


it is said that “History (with capital “H") is about the grand, not the mundane”. from slavery to feudalism, from monarchy to representative democracy, the mainstream historical narrative records only grand events of the significant figures. the so called “the rise and fall of dynasties" are concern only the kings and generals, whereas ordinary civilians remain faceless and irrelevant.

on the one hand, mainstream History maintains the established rules and rationalizes the status quo. on the other hand, circumstances of the powerless and experiences alternative to the mainstream have no place in History. yet these alternative experiences, considered unimportant by the mainstream,often embody traces of oppression and exploitation by the powerful on a nobody. when these stories are purposefully ignored or silenced, we cannot recognize our actual circumstance and social position. thus, we lack the means to change even if we want to, as we cannot recognize the actual causes of problems nor the target of resistance.

shall we perhaps give up the singular, grand Historical narrative, but listen again to the (hi)stories of ourselves and other powerless people? shall we pay attention to the alternative experiences ignored by mainstream History, ponder on how these experiences are intricately related to the social system, and try to share such experiences? this way, perhaps we could transform experience into power and find ways to connect with other powerless people, and imagine an authentically egalitarian world.

this clue includes:
exodus of nowhere – episode 1: the river is wideexodus of nowhere – episode 2: gambleexodus of nowhere – episode 3 rondo for the dis/placedditching the fearthe thing next doorraging land: a record of choi yuen village & breaking new ground through thorns and thistlesraging land: three valleysthe globalization tapes

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