A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry - that of the chair of the National Eisteddfod, a tradition dating back a ... See full summary »
A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years... See full summary »
Tran Anh Hung
Tran Nu Yên-Khê,
Man San Lu,
Thi Loc Truong
A mawkish documentary on domestic violence that never asks tough questions
Defending Our Lives, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject, interviews four abused women convicted of murdering their abusers. Desperate for b-roll, it includes some startling statistics from a conference on domestic violence. It takes its time in establishing an atmosphere where murder seems like the only outlet these abused women had. Certainly, some of these women have endured real torture, but the directors ask no hard questions about these women each having taken a life. The women provide little or no background information on their upbringing or personal history, so the film establishes them only as victims and nothing more. Zooming in on tears as they fall freely in each interview, it gets grating when one woman complains she was a victim of her abuser and now she's a victim of the system that has imprisoned her for murder.
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