Inherited Memories explores the notion that traumatic experiences can be passed on to future generations.
In 1941, a young Estonian railway worker was nearly executed for attempting to escape conscription by the occupying forces. Seventy-seven years later, his granddaughter revisits the places from his stories to gain deeper insight into the connections between them.
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2022 - 15 min - Colour - DCP - 2x4K - 32:9, 16:9 - 5.1, Stereo
Director: Len Murusalu
Cinematography: Ants Tammik, Kalvis Kulačkovskis, Jaan Kronberg, Roddy Cañas
Sound design: Mike Wyeld
Music: Casino Versus Japan
Producer: Tauno Novek
Financed by: Estonian Cultural Endowment
Premiere: Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK, 2019
The preferred format is a 4K projection or a large 16:9 monitor, with subtitles centered under the split-screen. Ideally, the work would be connected to our custom-made LED-light set which is controlled by Arduino and synchronized with the video, so that the space gets brighter at the end of the film. Alternatively, the work can be shown on two side-by-side monitors, with subtitles on one of the screens.
Len Murusalu is a visual artist, filmmaker, artists’ film curator and researcher. Her interdisciplinary work explores questions around the interpretation of history, memory, language, and time perception – integral parts forming a sense of belonging – using moving image, video performance, photography, sound, text, installation and painting.
She has a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in Contemporary Art Practice: Moving Image and is a 2020/2021 Oberhausen Seminar Fellow of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.
In addition to exhibiting her work internationally since 2005, Len has contributed to several documentaries as a screenwriter. In 2018 she established a production company ChronoLens dedicated to artists’ film and moving image, both for gallery and cinema context. Murusalu is the founder of AmiLab, an NGO dedicated to researching and developing artists’ moving image and expanded cinema.
Festivals and Screenings
WhiteChapel Gallery – preliminary screening
March 23, 2019. London, United Kingdom.
Aesthetica Film Festival – World Premiere
November 6, 2019. York, United Kingdom.
PÖFF Shorts (Black Nights Film Festival) – Baltic Premiere
November 19, 2019. York, United Kingdom.
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2020
September 17, 2021. Tokyo, Japan.
Swedenborg Film Festival
December 11, 2021. London, United Kingdom.