(135:00, 16mm, color, sound, 2009)
Let Each One Go Where He May is the first feature-length film by Chicago-based experimental-filmmaker Ben Russell. The film is a two hour and 15 minute long documentary that thoroughly examines the journey of two unidentified African brothers, as they trek on land and through water, to retrace the voyage their ancestors mapped, three hundred years ago, during their escape from Dutch enslavement.
Thus far, the film has been a success, with the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival hosting its world premiere, and in recent news, the Rotterdam International Film Festival announced Let Each One Go Where He May as one of three selections in competition for the 2010 VPRO Tiger Awards, a competition for feature-length debut filmmakers. Russell’s film will be in competition with Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Mundane History (Thailand) and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s To the Sea (Mexico). Rotterdam has yet to release its entire 2010 festival roster and is expected to release the entire 2010 festival schedule in the coming weeks.
Russell shot Let Each almost entirely with a 16mm Steadicam rig in thirteen extended tracking shots. See for yourself in the clip above.