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3 Songs for Saturn

Misho Antadze







Netherlands Film Academy - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

An alligator is born in Mississippi and sold to the Berlin zoo. He escapes in 1943, is captured three years later and given to a Soviet zoo in Moscow. He died in captivity in 2020, suffering from psychological trauma. Told through an assemblage of archival footage of crocodilians from YouTube and film history, using a soothing Attenborough-like voice-over, this creative documentary paints a humorous picture of symbolic commodities, Russian imperialism, and the cruel history of human-animal interaction.

The work was developed as part of Antadze's research publication Like Music from a Distant Room: Relating to History in and through Film.

Misho Antadze (b. Tbilisi, Georgia, 1993) is an Amsterdam-based filmmaker and artistic researcher. He Holds a BFA from CalArts, and an MA in Artistic Research from the Netherlands Film Academy. Having screened at IFFR, Viennale, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest among many others. He remains affiliated with the Netherlands Film Academy AR MA as an artist and a researcher.