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Xcèntric 2018

Adam Curtis. A natural history of power. Session 13

United States’ rise to global power



Adam Curtis is the leading figure in contemporary audiovisual essay. His films and series, as lucid as they are revealing, show the operation of power, its winding architecture, and how it marks both present-day geopolitics and us.

The Way of All Flesh presents the immortal Henrietta Lacks, whose cancerous tissues are still used today in all the scientific research used in an attempt to find a cure. Using archive footage, It Felt like a Kiss centres on the period of the United States’ rise to global power (1958-1967).


The Way of All Flesh, 1997, 52 min

Dancing Remade, undated, 10 min

It Felt Like a Kiss, 2009, 54 min


This cycle, curated by Chema González, brings together almost the entire body of work of this English journalist and producer, re-editing the vast archives of the BBC. The films are screened in remastered copies accompanied by presentations and debates about Curtis’s work.

Directors: Adam Curtis

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