The footage shot in 29 Palms, constituting most of the film, is all in 35-millimeter; the footage shot in Africa — done much earlier, long before the concept for the remainder of the film crystallized — is blown up from 16-millimeter.
Am I in the movie now? Menkes will be present in both cities to participate in discussions after the screenings of her films.
Anything that employs surreal imagery or involves a less-than-utopian small town gets the label.
While Menkes remains an underground figure, her films have garnered enthusiastic praise from critics and fellow filmmakers.
Eventually we return to the African forest, where we find Tinka sitting naked and dirty in a small clearing, writing indecipherable words on her arm.
This deeply threatening American experimental feature, which has yet to find a distibutor, is getting its first extended run anywhere at Facets Multimedia Center this week.
Nina Menkes is a master of telling stories without her characters uttering little more than ten lines of dialogue.
We need those holes to realize where we are in a rocky terrain; Macbeth seems more indicative of where we have been, the African footage indicative only of where the Menkes sisters once were.