Weaving experimental, dramatic and documentary styles, Ben Caldwell's I & I is a moving meditation on reciprocity.
A veteran of the Vietnam war Caldwell's I & I: An African Allegory looks to ancient history and culture to explore the past unity between people brutally ruptured by the legacy of slavery, conflict and war. With this visually striking and immersive film Caldwell sought to change the dominant rhythm of cinema and express anger at the violent separation between people. As Caldwell has stated ‘to me films needed to be infused with what has been called ‘soul' in music.'
Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer and Editor : Ben Caldwell
USA, 1979, 16mm, colour, 32 min
Pamela Jones, Al Cowart, Marcia Bullock, Pearl Collins, Byron Simmons
Preservation funded in part by a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation
Available for research at UCLA