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Cinémathèque québécoise (screening and conversation with Pablo Sigg and Thomas Keenan): Friday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 pm

SBC Gallery (screenings): Nov. 16, 19 - 23

Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (registration required)


Pablo Sigg's first feature film Der Wille zur Macht (The Will to Power) –a project which took almost four years to complete– was filmed entirely in Paraguay on the site where Friedrich Nietzsche’s sister Elisabeth and her anti-Semite husband Bernhard Förster established a German colony in the late 19th century. Through intensely forensic camera work, Sigg brings into focus the complex constructs of the geographical, linguistic and social territories that are preserved, developed and occupied by two aging brothers, the only remaining members of the original ‘utopian’ colony.


SBC Gallery and Cinémathèque québécoise present a special screening of The Will to Power on November 15 at 6:30 pm, followed by a conversation between the artist and Thomas Keenan, Director of the Human Rights Project, Bard College.


The film will be screened at SBC Gallery on November 16 and from November 19 to 23 (11:00 am, English screenings and 4:00 pm, French screenings)


A full-day workshop with Pablo Sigg and Thomas Keenan will take place on November 16 at the gallery from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Advance registration required 514.861.9992 / This workshop launches SBC’s Speakeasy Series.


Der Wille zur Macht (The Will to Power)

A film written, produced and directed by Pablo Sigg 

Mexico, Color and B&W, HD, 2012, German and Guarani with English or French intertitles and subtitles, 61 min


In February 1886, Friedrich Nietzsche’s sister Elisabeth, her husband Bernhard Förster and fourteen families of pure German stock abandoned their homeland to found the Aryan colony of Nueva Germania in the middle of the Paraguayan jungle. Today, more than a century later, the only survivors of the Försters’ racial experiment are the Schweikhart brothers.


Pablo Sigg is a Mexican artist (1974) who lives and works in Mexico City. He presented his work at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (2013), Musée dʼArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012) and ltd los angeles (2011).


Thomas Keenan teaches literature, media, and human rights at Bard College, where he directs the Human Rights Project. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility  (Stanford UP, 1997), and with Eyal Weizman, Mengele’s Skull (Sternberg, 2012).  He is co-editor, with Wendy Chun, of New Media, Old Media (Routledge, 2006), and with Tirdad Zolghadr, of The Human Snapshot (Luma/Sternberg/CCS, 2013). He curated Antiphotojournalism, with Carles Guerra (Barcelona and Amsterdam, 2010–11), and Aid and Abet (Quebec, 2011). He has served on the boards of a number of human rights organizations and journals, including WITNESS, Scholars at Risk, the Crimes of War Project, the Journal of Human Rights, and Humanity.



Cinémathèque québécoise 

335, De Maisonneuve Blvd East, Montréal (Québec) H2X 1K1 
Box Office: (514) 842-9763


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