Storytelling is a way of sharing experiences. Walter Benjamin expressed the vanishing of the verbal form of storytelling in his 1936 essay. Following Benjamin's description of a storyteller we are looking at the storyteller of today. The selected protagonists are: architects Peter Eisenman and Nikolaus Hirsch, artists Özge Açikkol & Seçil Yersel, Simon Starling, Nikolay Polisski, fakir Lalu Baba, activist Ali Shamsher, walrus hunter Boris Girgiroskyn.
Their effort shows that behind each of the works there stands a personal experience, absorbing the experiences of many. Relived again and again it determines the practices of one’s life.
Today’s storyteller, be it an artist or an architect presents a possibility to share the experience without words. He makes visible and tangible for us that which remains inexistent for the media and the commerce.
Film investigates the visual form of storytelling in today's society.
“Whoever can not tell his story does not exist.” (Salman Rushdie) In his essay THE STORYTELLER, the philosopher WALTER BENJAMIN lamented the disappearance of the storytelling. Benjamin’s essay from 1936 is the starting point for director NATHANIEL KNOP, to ask about today’s forms of storytelling and thus about comprehension. He finds answers in the arts, architect or lets a walrus hunter talk, who immortalises his stories on the tusks of his prey. The film leads us on an exciting journey from Europe to the USA, from India to Russia. Nathaniel Knop portrays a philosophy of storytelling and provides a fascinating insight into a world full of hidden stories.
The selected protagonists are: architects Peter Eisenman and Nikolaus Hirsch, artists Özge Açikkol & Seçil Yersel, Simon Starling, Nikolay Polisski, fakir Lalu Baba, activist Ali Shamsher, walrus hunter Boris Girgiroskyn.