Olympia is an infamous 1938 film by Leni Riefenstahl documenting the 1936 Olympics, held in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin - an Olympic games hosted by Adolph Hitler.
My version - Aipmylo - is the same film, but run backwards. It is intended to be a simple and effective corrective to what I regard as the psychological disfigurement that such competitions - whether Nazi or not - can do to our social psyche, with their desperate emphasis on winning and losing.

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Riefenstahl’s film is a highly crafted work - a work of genius - that most commentators would agree is also a work of propaganda. In Riefenstahl’s case, an extraordinary case, it is a work of propaganda for a destructive racist triumphalism that led to the extreme catastrophe of a world war.

By running my film backwards winners become, not losers, but coequals. My emphasis is on physicality, striving, human beauty, and sincere effort, rather than outcome. There is, as happens when a film is run backwards, some childish comedy, but also a bewildering fascination with the mechanics a human action, a sense of awe at its occurrence, and beauty. The original commentary, in German, becomes - by being run backwards - a universal foreign language, in which no one is over, or under, privileged to understand. National flags are lowered with humility, rather than raised with aggrandisement. At the end of events, laurels are returned - as they are, metaphorically, in life; we go to the grave, without ownership of anything other than what we have done, rather than what we have won for ourselves.

I offer my film not as an insult to the Olympic spirit, but as a corrective counterbalance - a voice to be heard amongst the stridency of competitive nationalism and fetishised body consumerism - body fascism.
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