As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed ...
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As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed documentarian Hubert Sauper, who is mining for stories in a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future.Written by
Sundance Film Festival
Opening with a shot of ants crawling on sand and around a toy airplane, it is clear from the very first shot that this is going to be a different kind of film. The next two hours are long and painful but teach so much about the people that make up this new and frustratingly conflicted country. Sauper continues with voice-over and upside-down aerial shots of planet Earth. He compares colonialism (the primary focus of the feature) as well as his own voyage to entering a foreign planet. This sets the tone for where he is going, as it is so foreign to anything we've seen in the western world. Sauper does a fantastic job of mixing his experimental and metaphorical imagery with the main focus, interviews of the people who live in South Sudan, from villagers, to missionaries, to oil drillers, and much more. All kinds of ethnicities, all sorts of moral dilemma. It is a frustrating movie to walk out of and a lot to take in, but this is a film that everyone can learn from and has a lot of potential to show the world what is going on in a place that is truly foreign but is still part of our Earth.
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