A border in Europe. A painting by Paul Klee. A poem by Walter Benjamin. A film about yesterday and today, and how difficult it is to recognize one behind the other.
Blurring the edges of the documentary genre, Lamentations of Judas is a contemporary retelling of the gospel of Luke, with the cast consisting of members of a community of black Angolan soldiers who once fought white South Africa’s colonial wars and now live displaced lives in the ruins of a former asbestos-mining town on the edge of the Kalahari.
This beautifully rendered chronicle of day-to-day life in Gaza focuses on the lived reality in the besieged and violence-punctuated area. Directed with great compassion and exquisitely shot, the film never wavers from depicting the violence that punctuates the lives of those who live there even as it documents the richness of the culture that exists amidst the violence.
This powerful account of the war in Syria and the systematic destruction of Aleppo is told from the first-person perspective of journalist Waad al-Kateab, providing a rare cinematic account of the female experience of war. Taking the form of a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film’s profound humanity gives it universal resonance.
By All Means Necessary is a feature-documentary that chronicles 50 years of Africa’s Liberation Movements from Algeria to South Africa. It commemorates the various sacrifices made by men and women across the continent.