14-20 November 2016

The Illinois Parables

Deborah Stratman

The Illinois Parables (Deborah Stratman)
L'Alternativa Official / Feature Films / The Illinois Parables


A suite of Midwestern parables that questions the historical role belief has played in ideology and national identity. Using archive imagery, testimony, verbal and dramatic re-enactment, voiceover and on-screen text, each regional vignette relays a tale of exodus, messianism, technological breakthrough or resistance somewhere in the state of Illinois. Both deeply local and universally allegorical, The Illinois Parables hint at a secular liturgical form.


Deborah Stratman (Washington, DC) lives in Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois. Her 36 films to date have played and won awards all over the world, including In Order Not To Be Here (2002), O'er the Land (2009), Ray's Birds (2010),  ...These Blazeing Starrs! (2011) and Second Sighted (2014), all screened at previous editions of l'Alternativa.


  • Country United States
  • Year 2016
  • Format Digital
  • Running time 60 min
  • Image BW/Colour
  • Language English
  • Subtitles Catalan
  • Production company Pythagoras Film
  • Producer Deborah Stratman
  • Screenplay Deborah Stratman
  • Photography Deborah Stratman
  • Editor Deborah Stratman
  • Music Okkyung Lee, Olivia Block, Jeanne Demessieux, Arvo Pärt, Les Porte-Mentaux, Gurdjieff & DeHartmann, Barry Adamson
  • Sound Deborah Stratman
  • Actors C. Felton Jennings II, José Oubrerie, Daniel Verdier, David Gatten, Anna Toborg
  • Contact delta@pythagorasfilm.com


Ann Arbor Film Festival - Stan Brakhage Award Sundance Film Festival Berlinale L'Alternativa 2016 - Mención Especial


Wednesday 16, 18.30 h — Auditori CCCB Friday 18, 17.00 h — Auditori CCCB Watch online (Filmin)