The Abbottabad Files

Announcement of the release of the Abbottabad Compound Material

Announcement of the release of the Abbottabad Compound Material

 

The Abbottabad Files

On the 2nd of May 2011 United States Special Forces conducted a night time raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. After nearly a decade, two wars, and countless lives lost the US had finally located their most wanted man: Osama Bin Laden. After executing Bin Laden and several others, the commandos took whatever hard drives, computer, phones, and DVDs they could find. These materials were then turned over to CIA for analysis. In November 2017 the CIA released these digital materials to the public - after removing ‘sensitive’ items. The package contained gigabyte after gigabyte of videos that Bin Laden had saved over the course of years. A vast collection of news reports, After Effects tutorials, religious sermons, Japanese anime, fail-complitations, and home videos.

"The Abbottabad Files" is an ongoing experimental film project by artist Noah Voelker. This films coming out of this project only makes use of the video material provided in the release form the CIA. Using different selections, arrangements, and editing techniques Noah constructs a variety of filmic experiences. Each one, however, is haunted by the the prescene of one of the most notorious figures of our time. The project aims to raise questions about the weight of digital materials, the ethics of found footage films, and the legacy of the world's most devasting manhunt.

For more information please contact Noah Voelker -- noahvoelker@gmail.com