released October 9, 2016
Film credits: Format: (2016-17, 16mm and Super8 transferred to HD)
Direction/Editing: Kamila Kuc
Music composition/Sound: Timothy Nelson
A statement from director Kamila Kuc: "Using Basement Films’ archival footage, excerpts from my letters from a Native American prisoner, documentation of my own involvement with the Movement for the Supporters of Native American Indian Rights in Poland, the fiction writings of Sat Okh (Stanislaw Suplatowicz, 1920-2003), the film explores a paradoxical fascination of the Poles behind the Iron Curtain with the ideal of America as a ‘land of freedom.’ 'I Think You Should Come to America' investigates the cultural conditions in which memories are created. While critically evaluating my own enchantment with America, as a teenage girl from Communist Poland, I interrogate various patterns of perception in order to produce a form of reflection that is personal and political. Thus the brings together a network of complex cultural, familial and physical forces that wish to find their expression in the act of historical and personal self-inscription."
Kamila Kuc, Ph.D., is a writer, experimental filmmaker and curator. Her work reflects her interest in how film, as a technology of memory, can be seen as an innovative creator of memories themselves. Her films explore complex relationships between personal and collective memories, especially those which subvert the social and political identity constructions. Kuc was the 2016 Artist in Residence at Basement Films, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. She is the recipient of numerous international grants, namely New Mexico Arts and McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Humanities Council and British Council, among others. She is a co-editor, with Michael O'Pray of The Struggle for Form: Perspectives on Polish Avant-Garde Film 1916-1989 (Columbia University Press, 2014). Her monograph The Promises of Avant-Garde Film: Polish Experiments in Film from Expressionism to Constructivism is forthcoming with Indiana University Press later this year. Kuc is a Director of Media Production Studies (BA)/Senior Lecturer at Coventry University.