by Deborah Stratman
Country: USA
Year: 2008
Duration: 52'

In historical dress, a group of people march to the beat of a drum
during a reenactment of the War of Independence. Several men are
shooting rented machineguns in a forest; cheerleaders enliven amateur
football games while truck salesmen illustrate the advantages of the
options on their trucks. In the midst of this American lifestyle, Col.
William Rankin explains how, back in 1959, he was forced to eject
from his fighter jet at 48,000 feet without a pressurized suit, only
to get trapped for forty-five minutes in the up and down drafts
of a massive thunderstorm.

O’er the Land is concerned with the sudden, simple ways that events
can separate us from the system of things and place us in a kind of
limbo. Like when we fall. Or cross a border. Or get shot. Or saved.
The film forces together culturally acceptable icons of heroic national
tradition with the suggestion of unacceptable historical consequences,
so that seemingly benign locations become zones of moral angst.”


film director

Deborah Stratman

Deborah Stratman lives and works in Chicago, where she teaches at the University of Illinois. Her works alternate the use of 16mm film, digital and video, and have been featured at world-famous museums, such as MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and have been screened at internationally important events, including Sundance, the Viennale, Cph/Dox, the Oberhausen Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival. At the 2009 Torino Film Festival she presented the medium-length O’er the Land and the following year, the short Shrimp Chicken Fish.


My Alchemy (cm, 1990), Upon a Time (cm, 1991), A Letter (cm, 1992), Possibilities, Dilemmas (cm, 1992), The Train from LA to LA (cm, 1992), Palimpsest (cm, 1993), Walking (cm, 1994), Iolanthe (cm, 1995), On the Various Nature of Things (cm, 1995), From Hetty to Nancy (cm, 1997), The BLVD (mm, 1999), Untied (cm, 2001), In Order Not to Be Here (cm, 2002), Energy Country (cm, 2003), Kings of the Sky (mm, 2004), How Among the Frozen Words (cm, 2005), It Will Die Out in the Mind (cm, 2006), The Magician’s House (cm, 2007), Butter and Tomatoes (cm, 2008), The Memory (cm, 2008), Kuyenda N’Kubvina (cm, 2010), FF (cm, 2010), Ray’s Birds (cm, 2010), …These Blazering Starrs! (cm, 2011), Village, Silenced (cm, 2011), The Name Is Not the Thing Named (cm, 2012), Musical Insects (cm, 2013), Immortal, Suspended (cm, 2013), Second Sighted (cm, 2014).


& Credits

regia, soggetto, fotografia,
montaggio, suono,
produttore/director, story,
cinematography, film
editing, sound, producer
Deborah Stratman
Maryane Amacher,
Kevin Drumm,
Steve Rowell,
Rich Hammond
vendita all’estero/
world sales
Pythagoras Film