Zuhdi Al Adawi, a Palestinian artist imprisoned in the occupied territories, uses his art as his means of expression and is helped by the rest of the community and his own family to accomplish his artwork.
I DON'T BELONG ANYWHERE: THE CINEMA OF CHANTAL AKERMAN explores some of the Belgian filmmaker's 40 plus films, and from Brussels to Tel Aviv, from Paris to New York, it charts the sites of ... See full summary »
A place with nebulous frontiers and laws. Characters captured in an existence whose outlines flee the camera's gaze. Such is the world of the old fairground located in the Arab League Park ... See full summary »
A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the ... See full summary »
Jan and Marek used to study physics together but after graduation their paths were different. Jan got married and moved to the countryside. Marek stayed in Warsaw and now wants to persuade Jan to follow his path.
Bits of found film and different types of animation illustrate a classic chase scene scenario: A woman is abducted and a man comes to her rescue, but during their escape they find themselves in the enemy's secret headquarters.
The French Alps, February 2011. Vanina likes to listen to the chalet's wooden floor creaking beneath her bare feet, Vanina likes to rub suntan lotion on her bare skin in front of the stone ... See full summary »
For some, the Korean War was a clear example of American imperialism. For others, it was a valiant effort on the part of the UN and the Koreans to quash the spread of communism. For all Koreans, it was a tragedy. The country was not just divided; it was devastated. The death toll was astronomical, and the destruction profound. Many engage in assigning blame for the war according to their political beliefs, but this is a useless exercise. The point is that the human rights situation in North Korea today is catastrophic. KIMJONGILIA is the first film to let North Korean refugees tell their stories in their own words.Written by
"Kimjonilia" is a documentary about life in North Korea during the last couple decades. It has no narration but instead consists of interviews with various folks who have escaped the country and are now telling their stories. The stories involve mass prison camps, torture, executions, starvation and total repression. Their eyewitness accounts are very compelling and sad---and they can't help but break your hearts. In between, you also have various clips of North Korean propaganda TV shows and massive highly choreographed dances all designed to sign the praises of their 'glorious leader'--Kim Jong-Il.
This was an odd documentary. Although the content was fantastically compelling, the artistic style was just awful. I just don't get it and all the 'artsy' stuff distracted from the very powerful message. You see, throughout the film, there are many scenes of a woman dressed in a North Korean uniform doing bizarre interpretive dances! So, you have heart-wrenching story after heart-wrenching story of privation and murder...and then this weird dancing! Additionally, several times during the film, characters were shown in the weirdest sort of close-ups--a person's left eye or nose or any other part of the face was shown up very, very close. Perhaps this was an odd way to show a person without showing the whole face in order to protect their identity but surely there must have been a better way to do this! Overall, a very compelling message and a film well worth seeing--despite some silly artistic decisions.
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