A film by Frédérick Maheux/Lamashtu
Québec, 2015, 65 minutes
French with English subtitles
Produced with the help of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
ANA is an experimental proto-found footage occult document.
Story: an individual investigating the disappearances of several female identities from the Internet. The missing women appear in encrypted and hidden videos over the web, leading the protagonist in an esoteric puzzle he tries to decipher.
Underneath this structure lies a reflection about our curiosity towards the spectacle of self-destruction. It incorporates the existence of real marginal communities on the Internet, such as pro-ana/pro-mia (pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia), and the aesthetic surrounding them: glitch, VHS, selfies, references to fashion etc.
Frederick Maheux is a multimedia artist working under the codename Lamashtu since 2005. In 2012, he directed the documentary Art/Crime about the Rémy Couture/Inner Depravity case in Canada where a special effects make-up artist was charged with corruption of morality and production of obscene material. He also created several short films shown internationally and music videos for Kickback, Menace Ruine and Three Winters. ANA is his third feature film.