Using educational, touristic and military media/artifacts from the United States alongside contemporary voices, images and sounds from Puerto Rico, EL SIGNO VACÍO (the empty sign) is a feature-length cinematic essay interrogating the 123-year US occupation of Puerto Rico to reveal how US democratic narratives effectively obscure her capitalist/military domination.
Kathryn Ramey is a Boston-based filmmaker and anthropologist whose work operates at the intersection of experimental film processes and ethnographic research. Most recently she has been focused on creating an anti-colonial film practice with collaborators in Puerto Rico and researching environmentally friendly photochemical processes utilizing indigenous flora. She is deeply committed to sharing her knowledge of alternative analogue technologies through workshops and publications.
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