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Poitras a director with something to say - nuanced, deep & complex
Laura Poitras has crafted a brilliant piece of film that tells the complex and many faceted story of the film's 2 central characters.
Frankly I was shocked to see such a layered, nuanced and complex film from an American filmmaker; as opposed to the flaccid, sterile one dimensional pablum be usually see from American media; there is no subject so important to mankind that we can't dumb down into 30 minutes of Melba toast.
Although the story itself is deep, shocking and sad on so many levels ... I felt strangely uplifted at the end.
Encouraged that there are still filmmakers out there willing to go beyond the simplistic and pathetically uninformed fabrications of events from a very narrow good or bad points of view. To get to the dark, complex underbelly of events where things are not as crisp and clean and clear as we would like, but far more relevant and important.
We felt compassion for the former body guard/cab driver for the predicament he is now in, clearly a man who wanted to do what he felt was right and to stick to his word that he told The Dialogue he would.
Well done, I will seek out t her work in the future. Whether or not I will agree or disagree with her position I do not know, but I know I will like how she gets us there.
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