In the early 1970s, Mariah Garnett’s father fled Northern Ireland after being the subject of a BBC documentary about relationships that crossed the country’s violent religious and political divide. Four decades later, the Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker returned to her father’s native Belfast, immersing herself in the city’s sectarian upheavals to make her own film about his early life. Named one of Sight & Sound’s best films of 2019, Trouble mixes archival footage, contemporary interviews, and a series of extraordinary performances in which Garnett plays her father, reenacting both the BBC documentary and his present-day reflections on the period. Through its multifaceted form, the film depicts the complexities of identity and the echoing effects of personal and historical trauma.
2019, United Kingdom/United States, DCP, 83 minutes followed by discussion.
Mariah Garnett in person
Mariah Garnett mixes documentary, narrative, and experimental filmmaking practices to make work that deconstructs the conventional hierarchy between filmmaker and subject which has historically represented the purview of directors who are economically, racially, and gender privileged. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK; ltd los angeles; and Louis B. James, New York. Screenings and other exhibitions include the New Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; REDCAT, Los Angeles; BFI Southbank, London; New York Film Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan; and Made in L.A. 2014, the Hammer Museum biennial. She has received awards from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2015), California Community Fund (2014), Artadia Los Angeles (2016), and is currently a Guggenheim Fellow in film/video (2019).