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Black Sea Files + Oil Rocks: City Above The Sea

03/25/19 | 9:00 pm

Anthology Film Archives

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212-505-5181


25-03-2019 12:00:00 25-03-2019 12:00:00 America/New_York Black Sea Files + Oil Rocks: City Above The Sea | 9:00 pm BLACK SEA FILES investigates the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, a British Petroleum-owned 1,760-km conduit built to bring oil from resource-rich Azerbaijan to international markets. Circumventing the main players in the region, the video sheds light on a multitude of secondary sceneries. Oil workers, farmers, refugees, and prostitutes who live along the pipeline come into profile and contribute to a wider human geography that displaces the singular and powerful signifying practices of oil corporations and oil politicians. "The Oil Rocks" – behind this enigmatic name lies the first and largest offshore oil town ever built. Commissioned by Stalin in 1949, it is a vast, sprawling web of oil platforms in the middle of the Caspian Sea, comprising 2,000 oil rigs, 300 kilometers of bridges, rusty old Soviet trucks rolling back and forth, nine-story building blocks, thousands of oil workers, a cultural palace, a lemonade factory, and a green park. Sixty years later, the Oil Rocks still stand. But two-thirds of the infrastructure has been regained by the sea, making it a kind of Oil Atlantis, only real. Combining black-and-white archival material from the Soviet era and contemporary footage, the film tells the story of this timeless place and of some of its amazing inhabitants. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=350309 Anthology Film Archives Anthology Film Archives

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BLACK SEA FILES investigates the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, a British Petroleum-owned 1,760-km conduit built to bring oil from resource-rich Azerbaijan to international markets. Circumventing the main players in the region, the video sheds light on a multitude of secondary sceneries. Oil workers, farmers, refugees, and prostitutes who live along the pipeline come into profile and contribute to a wider human geography that displaces the singular and powerful signifying practices of oil corporations and oil politicians. "The Oil Rocks" – behind this enigmatic name lies the first and largest offshore oil town ever built. Commissioned by Stalin in 1949, it is a vast, sprawling web of oil platforms in the middle of the Caspian Sea, comprising 2,000 oil rigs, 300 kilometers of bridges, rusty old Soviet trucks rolling back and forth, nine-story building blocks, thousands of oil workers, a cultural palace, a lemonade factory, and a green park. Sixty years later, the Oil Rocks still stand. But two-thirds of the infrastructure has been regained by the sea, making it a kind of Oil Atlantis, only real. Combining black-and-white archival material from the Soviet era and contemporary footage, the film tells the story of this timeless place and of some of its amazing inhabitants.

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