Film reviews

The female Kurdish fighters
[Commander Arian]

Film director Alba Sotorra spends five months at the Kurdish frontline in Syria following the life and struggle of the female Kurdish fighters belonging to the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).

Impressions from Piazza Vittorio
[Piazza Vittorio]

Abel Ferrara‘s latest film is a kaleidoscope of impressions that narrates the life of immigrants in Italy and their shared experience of desperation and an uncertain future in Europe.

From a child’s perspective
[The Breadwinner/Tehran Taboo]

ANIMATED MOVIES: Girls dressed as boys in Kabul and Tehran’s underworld of sex, drugs and rave music are portrayed through the eyes of children in the animated movies The Breadwinner and Tehran Taboo.

The ‘high times’ of the Brezhnev years
[Soviet Hippies]

Vivid memories of home-made psychedelic drugs and Soviet revolutionary times are brought to life in Toomitsu’s Soviet Hippies.

Parallel lives at the West Bank
[Omar’s Dream/ Avidan’s Dream]

A coupling of Biblical panoramas showing breathtaking sunrises and tranquil landscapes highlight the comparative heaven and hell of how differently someone’s birth and their dreams can collide contingent on context.

Sweeping up the internet
[The Cleaners]

The «cleaners» of global social media platforms live in harsh societies and conditions of comparative clutter to those after whom they are cleaning up.

In praise of nothing

Boris Mitic’s In Praise of Nothing is probably the most unusual documentary you are likely to see this year.

Britain’s hidden empire
[The Spider's Web]

The Spider’s Web employs an array of experts in offshore tax havens to detail the degree to which the British elite has created a system of shocking inequity. This is a film all ordinary, tax-paying citizens should watch.

Soothing reconstructions of the Utøya massacre
[Reconstructing Utøya (work in progress)]

If you can only bear watching one film about Utøya, Reconstructing Utøya is worth the wait.

Horrors mounting to war
[The dead nation]

ROMANIA: Coupling aged photographic references to Romania in the 1930’s together with a diary from the time, this doc gives a chilling account of what awaited Romania’s Jews.