Film: Poto And Cabengo > Jean Pierre Gorin

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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego says
Jean-Pierre Gorin’s unconventional documentary investigates the case of twin girls Grace and Virginia Kennedy whose invention of a private language cast them in the media spotlight. Living in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, the girls, who referred to each other as Poto and Cabengo, "moved and sounded like hummingbirds” and did not know why they had become the object of so much attention.

Gorin began his filmmaking career in the 1960s. After meeting filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, the two created the infamous Dziga Vertov Group which has long been recognized as seminal to the period of radical filmmaking of the late 60s and early 70s. During his time with the Dziga Vertov Group, Gorin and Godard codirected several overtly political films. In 1975, Gorin left France to join the faculty of the UCSD Visual Arts Department, invited there by painter, film critic, and professor Manny Farber. During Gorin's decades on the faculty of UCSD, he inspired thousands of students, and his reputation as one of the campus' most interesting, outspoken lecturers resulted in scores of students auditing his courses.

This screening is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium, on view at the La Jolla location from September 24, 2016 through January 2, 2017.

This program is free for Members and UCSD faculty and students; $5 for students; $10 for non-members.

Image credit: still from Poto and Cabengo. Courtesy of Janus Films.
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By: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

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