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Title: Field Work (Imperial March)
Fandom: Indiana Jones films
Song: The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) by John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra
Length: 3:06
Contains: Mild gore, hanging, desecration of the dead, systemic racism, institutional violence, white actors playing characters of color.
Summary: It belongs in a museum.

Download 1080p: Field Work (Imperial March) mp4, 217 MB, 1920x800
Download 720p: Field Work (Imperial March) mp4, 104 MB, 1152x480
Subtitles: Field Work subtitles (these are only for the dialogue, since the song is an instrumental)

Notes: I made this vid for [personal profile] thingswithwings's playlist "Colonization and its Discontents" for the [community profile] wiscon_vidparty this year. This is a vid I'd been talking about making for a while, and I have a lot of feelings about it, which I might put in another post when I haven't been in a car for 13 hours.

Streaming version:

Date: 2017-05-30 11:55 pm (UTC)
isweedan: Origami model of a winged human (Origami)
From: [personal profile] isweedan

Date: 2017-05-31 12:01 am (UTC)
dangercupcake: orange gerbera daisy (Default)
From: [personal profile] dangercupcake
this is beyond fantastic. this is so great.

Date: 2017-05-31 03:09 am (UTC)
cypher: (like the one-eyed jack of diamonds)
From: [personal profile] cypher
wow, that was fierce.

Date: 2017-05-31 07:32 pm (UTC)
some_stars: (Default)
From: [personal profile] some_stars
I love this! I love the progression of images that culminates with him in the university setting--especially love the shot of him underlining "fact," how brilliant.

Date: 2017-06-01 03:22 pm (UTC)
laceblade: Utena as little girl in a dress, looking at prince w/admiration, wanting to become him (Utena: looking up to the prince)
From: [personal profile] laceblade
Just, wow.

Date: 2017-06-01 05:17 pm (UTC)
isagel: Lex and Clark of Smalllville, a black and white manip of them naked and embracing, with the text 'Isagel'. (Default)
From: [personal profile] isagel
I'm so glad you finally made this vid! It's everything I knew you would make it be, so chilling and smart. Well done!

Date: 2017-06-01 06:07 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Wow. This is fantastic, I got chills watching it.

Date: 2017-06-03 09:48 pm (UTC)
fightingarrival: (Default)
From: [personal profile] fightingarrival
I already told you this but this is great. It is simultaneously so funny and so pointed and so infuriating. It's such a great teardown of this image of white American heroic individualism that people pine after. I love how the music builds back up on the guns vs swords clip, a gif that has unironically been used in a million "modern weapons are just better ok :)" internet debates. I love the map. I love the clip of Indy adjusting his hat while everyone else does the hard work of digging. I like everyone love FACT.

Indy you tenured fucking asshole.

Date: 2017-06-04 04:05 pm (UTC)
lannamichaels: Astronaut Dale Gardner holds up For Sale sign after EVA. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lannamichaels
This is *awesome*

Date: 2017-06-04 07:53 pm (UTC)
streussal: Frank Pembleton, eyes looking upward (hlots - pembleton- we speak for the dead)
From: [personal profile] streussal
Fuuuuuuck. Okay:

The way you've cut him repeatedly using the dead as tools is so upsetting. And then pocketing shit that does not belong to him ugh.

Him smugly writing FACT on the chalkboard is just the ultimate in western empiricism.

The military presence with the American flag and nuclear bomb oh my god. The shots of the dead and him receiving accolades holy shit!!

Also using the Star Wars villain music is such a brilliant move.

Date: 2017-06-05 03:34 pm (UTC)
brainwane: My smiling face, including a small gold bindi (Default)
From: [personal profile] brainwane
Seconding all of this. Plus the white kids' faces adoringly looking at him. And the lovely little quote at the end.

Date: 2017-06-06 08:58 pm (UTC)
runawaynun: (Snowe)
From: [personal profile] runawaynun
This is brutal. And ridiculously accurate. And I propose putting the Imperial March to all of Western history. But I do love how you flipped the narrative from the "bold American" to the point of view of those who just wanted to keep their own sacred objects.
Edited Date: 2017-06-06 08:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-06 09:00 pm (UTC)
sophygurl: Lamb with cute face, with text "What's up?!" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sophygurl
fantastic reframing of a classic using the music from another classic - and just hearing Vader's song while watching Han do evil things yk??

Date: 2017-06-18 02:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] magnetgirl
Hi! Is it ok if I post this to tumblr as a vid rec? It's amazing and I want to share :)

Date: 2017-06-18 05:49 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Word balloon says "So I said to the guy: you never read the book yet you go online and talk about it as if--" (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
This is so great.

Date: 2017-06-21 07:26 pm (UTC)
lilly_the_kid: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilly_the_kid
This is brilliant! Such a great concept and I love how you vidded it. It gets better every time I watch it, so many amazing parallels between the movies and such a haunting repetition of the same disturbing themes. Awesome vid!!

Date: 2017-07-03 02:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] china_shop
Here via [personal profile] lilly_the_kid's rec. This is so good! Wow!

Date: 2017-07-04 09:54 pm (UTC)
giandujakiss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] giandujakiss
Somehow I missed this earlier - it's marvelous!

Date: 2017-07-05 11:50 pm (UTC)
ivyfic: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ivyfic
Marvelous. Spot on.

Date: 2017-07-06 02:24 am (UTC)
cathexys: dark sphinx (default icon) (Default)
From: [personal profile] cathexys
That is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing.What a perfect vid for the playlist (and what a great playlist title :)

Date: 2017-07-07 07:06 am (UTC)
pkoceres: (Highway)
From: [personal profile] pkoceres
Oh wow, this is fantastic! These movies had been favorites of my childhood, but revisiting them as an adult was a sobering and somewhat fraught experience. This deftly strips the pretense of heroism away, and shows the layered systems of oppression in brutal honesty. Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2017-07-08 04:26 pm (UTC)
odessie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] odessie
Oh wow, this is AMAZING. You just, argh, nailed it. From the description/warnings I was kind of thinking 'cool, I kind of know what's coming', but was SO not prepared for the sheer visceral impact of Indy casually flinging other people's dead bodies around and it all just built and built from there. Serious chills on the FACT moment, and the whole thing's beautifully structured.

Date: 2017-08-15 01:05 am (UTC)
propinquitine: John, looking up while in a cell, from the lovely blue-lit episode Aurora. (Default)
From: [personal profile] propinquitine
Wow! This was really well done -- very powerful. And what perfect dialogue at the end!

Date: 2017-09-02 04:20 pm (UTC)
rhythmia: (meep)
From: [personal profile] rhythmia
I just watched an Indiana Jones movie for the first time at a friend's movie night recently (literally all I knew about it or had seen was the Muppet Babies pastiche/parody episode as a kid), and another friend who was there directed me here, and WOW. This is a beautiful, on point vid. not at all inclined to watch the rest of the Indiana Jones movies now, haha. I don't know if favorite is quite the right word, considering how it's all fabulously sharp commentary on imperialism and racism in those movies, but I really liked the contrast between all the stuff you see IJ doing, and the whitewashed, sanitized university scenes and the little bit of dialogue at the end. No IJ, you're a grave robber.

Amazing job, thank you for sharing!!!!


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