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.project statement | credits

Visit is a collaboration between filmmaker Jesse Alson-Milkman and dancer/choreographer Rebecca Alson-Milkman as they visit their mother's grave, three years after her death.

Visit draws on the traditional role of the cemetary as a public space. In the film, the grave's visitor accumulates two tasks of mourning: the traditional Jewish task of placing a stone on the grave, and the task of her own making: dancing a phrase on the personal objects of the deceased. Using the conventions of film, both rituals are shown in smaller intervals with quicker cuts and dissolves to portray mourning's consumption of time and the resonance of repetition as ritual. Visit's climax is purposefully slowed and portrayed through a lusciously held handstand, the slow motion pouring of rocks down onto the grave. The triumph of ritual is to stem the momentum of grief.

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