Archive - ALTER-NATIVE 22

Markus Imhoof: MORE THAN HONEY Switzerland/Germany/Austria, 2012, 91’ 


“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left.” – Albert Einstein 

Over the past fifteen years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Markus Imhoof's colossal naturefilm is enthralling. He presents the life of bees and their impact on our everyday lives through shots never seen before.

Selection from the ONE WORLD ROMANIA Documentary Film Festival

Wednesday – 5 November – Small Hall

 

Edet Belzberg: WATCHERS OF THE SKY – USA, 2013, 112’


Edet Belzberg frames her story around the career of lawyer-turned-human-rights-advocate Raphael Lemkin - a Polish Jew born in 1900, who coined the term ‘genocide’, which became a crucial instrument for mobilizing international law to address such crimes, laying the groundwork for the Nuremberg trials and the International Criminal Court. The film follows five contexts of genocide in recent global history: Armenia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and the rise of the Third Reich. Belzberg connects Lemkin’s legacy with the work of four modern-day, visionary humanitarians, as they fight to prevent future atrocities. The monochrome ink, watercolor-styled animation used to illustrate Lemkin’s biography and vision brought the film a special jury prize at Sundance. The final emphasis of the film is on the collective effort needed to establish a global framework able to ensure the prosecution of those guilty of such acts of genocide.

 

Mark Cousins: HERE BE DRAGONS – UK, 2013, 79’


“It is in Europe but it’s hard to get to. I’ve seen some films made about it, usually by foreigners. And I’ve never been there, like most people”, confesses director Mark Cousins in the beginning of Here be Dragons. His remark refers to Albania, but applies to any country that either is small and remote or is being perceived as such due to intricate geopolitical and cultural forces. Irish-born and Scotland-based, Cousins himself knows a thing or two about small nations with difficult histories, and about their right to be represented beyond the conventional stereotypes. In the past, when cartographers knew little about a country, they wrote “hic sunt dracones” on it on the map. When Cousins visits Albania for five days, during a film festival, he is overwhelmed by the scars left on the body of the country by one recent, still painfully real, “dragon” - the Enver Hoxha regime.

 

Friday – 7 November – Small Hall

 

Alexander Gentelev: PUTIN'S GAMES – Israel/Germany/Austria, 2013,  90’


“This is a cemetery, the most expensive one in the world,” says one of the many Russian opponents of the Sochi Olympics. In Putin's Games, Alexander Gentelev investigates Sochi as a microcosm of today’s Russia, exposing the stories of corruption and bribery, environmental degradation and human rights violations behind the Games. Former Sochi residents who lost their homes complain bitterly about the ‘Olympic bill’ passed by the Russian Parliament, which allowed any land or property needed for the Games to be nationalised. Businessmen reveal the ‘corruption tax’ paid to officials in Sochi. Opposition politicians joke that the $8 billion road to the Games venue Krasnaya Polyana must be paved with caviar. With the Russian authorities trying to stop this film’s production, and the International Olympic Committee banning the use of archived Olympic footage and even the inclusion of the word ‘Olympic’ in the film’s title, Gentelev manages a gripping investigation of a contemporary Potemkin village where builders have to fight both against nature and against other people.

 

Errol Morris: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN – USA, 2013, 90’


“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know”. The title of Morris’s film is inspired by the (in)famous statement made by Donald Rumsfeld in February 2002 regarding the absence of evidence linking the government of Iraq with the alleged supply of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups. Morris’s title brings up a fourth category, which possibly borrows from philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who extrapolated the original quotation by including a fourth category, the “unknown known”, meaning “that which we don't know that we know” (i.e., the unconscious beliefs and prejudices that determine how we perceive reality), but also, possibly, “that which we intentionally refuse to acknowledge that we know”.


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