94 year old Auschwitz survivor Walter Fiden tells the audience that he “ate the earth” to live. He describes his unlikely survival in the camps in the other-worldly voice of a trance poem. "I have a super-computer up here between my ears and I out thought the Gestapo." The piece is deliberately not a documentary, but instead lives in the conjunction of the real, between the developed narrative and the formally experimental.  This is not just a matter of the avoidance of conventional documentary construction, but a series of cinematic acts to reach for a more authentic relationship with the subject and his poetics.

"WALTER OUT THINKS THE GESTAPO"

11 minutes. Single screen. Color and black and white. Sound.