The Pope in New York
Naomi Shohan, 1979, 28'08''

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A film by artist Naomi Shohan about the visit of Pope John Paul II to a youth rally in Madison Square Garden, New York, in 1979.
The pope sits on a podium in Madison Square Garden, on a chair, with a microphone in front of him. The young audience is waiting and shouting until the church leader begins to address them - but he has something else in mind. He remains silent for a while, and then surprises the audience with a series of 'oohs' and 'ahs'. The youngsters become wild with joy, they scream and sing more and more loudly. The pope responds with more of the same.

The surrounding cardinals are restlessly shuffling on their chairs, suspecting that their pope is experiencing some kind of weird trip. The pope mutters something about 'charisma' and that's i
. This bizarre seven-minute spectacle is a special document about the pope, who is especially remembered as a stuttering, barely understandable old man. Read more...

  • Date: 1979
  • Length: 28'08''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: (experimental) documentary (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: humour, religion