Dead Slow Ahead

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Northwest Film Forum says
Dead Slow Ahead
(Mauro Herce, Spain / France, 2015, DCP, 74 min, Tagalog with English subtitles)

Dead Slow Ahead is part of the Veracity: New Documentary Cinema series. For full series details, head to

Thursday, Nov 17 at 07:30PM
Saturday, Nov 19 at 04:00PM

The title refers to a nautical designation meaning “as slow as possible without losing steerageway”, and it could just as well signify the trance-like state conjured by Herce’s boldly stylized chronicle aboard the Fair Lady, a commercial freighter on a voyage to international ports of call, from the Ukraine to New Orleans, with a Filipino crew inhabiting its cavernous dimensions. Herce, an ace cinematographer by trade, envisions both the ship and its horizon (alternately natural and industrial) as near-abstract spaces worthy of science fiction, while grounding the proceedings in the vicissitudes of maritime labor. The crew’s solitude is interrupted by bouts of karaoke and phone calls to loved ones back home, providing a heartbeat to the mechanical existence in the realm of late capitalism. Is this ghost ship destined for shipwreck, oblivion, or the delivery of our daily bread?
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