While we are putting the finishing touches to Ur: The End of Civilization in 90 Tableaux, the other Beg Steal Borrow films continue to eke out an existence of their own…

Afterimages has just enjoyed two screenings on 18 December 2013 at the Kedainiai Sviesioji gymnasium in Kedainiai City, Lithuania. The screenings were arranged courtesy of Benita Paplauskaitė, a film student at the University of Roehampton, London, and who occasionally gives classes when she returns home during the vacations.

Having seen Afterimages over the course of her studies at Roehampton, Benita decided to show the film to students at the gymnasium. Here is some of the feedback that Benita provided on how the screenings went.

Students at the Kedainiai Sviesioji gymnasium, Kedainiai City, Lithuania, discuss Afterimages. This and the photo below are courtesy of Benita Palpauskaite.

Students at the Kedainiai Sviesioji gymnasium, Kedainiai City, Lithuania, discuss Afterimages. This and the photo below are courtesy of Benita Palpauskaite.

“I just came back from school it was so much fun! Don’t even know where to start. So we had two screenings today and there were about 80 people overall (40 in the first screening and 40 in the second).

“They are all in the 11th grade (17 year olds). Everyone was really excited and it was so funny to watch their reactions. Most of the people found the film hard to understand. Very interesting thing – girls got it better than boys. Everyone got their own idea what the film was about. Some said it was about isolation, others thought it was about relationships. We had a short discussion with one of the classes and students had many questions and comments.

“The funniest and most interesting for me came from one girl who said: ‘The film was just like Hamlet – so smart yet so hard to understand.’ I asked them why they find the film hard to understand and they all agreed that it is most likely because of the film’s pace. They found it hard to stop and relax and came up with an idea that the film takes you out of reality, routine, yet it is still purely about the routine itself (if that makes sense).

Students at the Kedainiai Sviesioji gymnasium, Kedainiai City, Lithuania, discuss Afterimages after a screening on 18 December 2013.

Students at the Kedainiai Sviesioji gymnasium, Kedainiai City, Lithuania, discuss Afterimages after a screening on 18 December 2013.

“Everyone really enjoyed the ending! I wish you could have seen it (those cruel Lithuanians).

“Overall, students said that it was very intelligent film.”

We feel enormously flattered both by the screenings themselves – and also about the wonderful and engaged feedback offered. (Especially any feedback that suggests the movie is ‘intelligent’!)

So our thanks go to Benita for her arranging of the screening – and to all those who watched the film.

Afterimages also enjoyed a screening in early 2013 at the University of Tübingen, Germany, courtesy of Rainer Schelkle. It’s nice to know that Afterimages therefore continues to have an afterlife…

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