The Act of killing

The documentary “The act of killing” broke in Indonesia the long silence around one of the darkest chapters of its history: the slaughter of at least half a million people by its supposed connection to the communist party.

This film, directed by the American Joshua Oppenheimer , has opened for the first time the public debate of events that occurred almost half a century ago, during the last years of the government of the president by Sukarno, to lose control over the Army and to collapse its politics of balance Of the nationalistThe film, which has not received the official authorization to be displayed in the cinemas of the country, contains the version of what happened to several Indonesians who participated directly in the persecution of sympathizers and members of the communist party and have never Been tried

The main protagonist of the film is identified with the name of Anwar Congo, a septuagenarian from the north of the island of Sumatra who openly acknowledges that he killed several hundred people for his alleged militancy in the communist ranks. On camera Anwar is charming, almost goofy, with a big smile and a naiveté that seems to mask a secret cunning. Contrast his gentle character with the terrible deeds he describes—he proudly claims to have personally killed a thousand people—and you’ve got cinematic gold. Oppenheimer explained to Efe that it was easy to convince Congo and others of the “executioners” to agree to appear in the film, which for him still means “a clear symptom of the climate of impunity and the applause that these crimes receive.”

This film disgusted me, but I am sure that was the intent. The main character in the final scenes awkwardly dry heaving, was that for our benefit? So the world knows that after 40 years he “understood” what all of those people went through? The Act of Killing actually attempts to address the question of what Anwar thinks of the film. The Act of killing it’s such a complex document, so multilayered and self-reflexive, that the story behind the movie is even more compelling to me than the story it tells.

The Seven Five documentary

This film follows a prison, the seven five prison. Which is notorious for being in one of the best-divested and scandalous parts of New York City. During the late 80’s and early 90’s there were a lot of crimes, a lot of drug activity, and a lot of violence. In that time cops were known for being quit dirty in that part of New York. Michael Dowd, a former New York police officer was the main character. The documentary tells us about how he was probably known as one of the dirtiest, corrupt cop known. In the documentary, it starts at the time when he left the police academy, in 1982, up until 1993, were he got arrested for selling drugs, and taking bribes, working with drug lords, and giving them protection. The documentary follows in chronicle order, from the beginning till the end of his police career. In the beginning at first he takes money from an eighteen-year-old girl that was driving above normal speed. He told her to give him 100 dollars and she would be off the hook. Suddenly, it got worse and worse. He just wanted to make money and think of his family. He was also thinking about himself and all the good things he would buy. After, he got himself to the drug activities. Were he worked along side with drug lords and offering protection. He convinced his partner at that time, that he should get into it, the police officer; Michael’s partner ended up getting into it. As the documentary continues, it starts to get pretty bad, and both got into some deep trouble with authorities. They ended up getting caught. Michael Dowd goes for a jail for a very long time, 12 years to be precise. I think in todays society were seeing all these stuff, like kids getting shot, more murder rates. We all witness cops that get out of control and I think what happens is the power they have on being a cop, that they forget how to use it well. Because of these I think cops could get a little bit crazy. You got nobody checking on that power. We should not tolerate lies or cover-ups under any circumstances, and we certainly should expect that those who are charged with enforcing the laws will them be the models of obeying the law. And we should expect that if they do not, they will be penalized at least as severely as any criminal they caught doing the same thing.

In today’s society I don’t think what Michael Dowd did, would ever happen to the NYPD. It makes me think what actually happens in the police force. I really liked this documentary it opened up my eyes to see how police corruption was actually happening.

The Gleaners and I

last week we watch a documentary film name The gleaners and I. This discourse comes to the thread of this great French film, The Gleaners and Gleaners.  A film directed to all those people who ignore the amount of useful objects that society wastes; A fresh and close documentary on waste and waste. In the movie, Agnès Varda, its director, is traveling the roads of France and is encountering with gleaners, collectors, searchers, searchers, people who rummages through the garbage. And they do it sometimes out of necessity, or simply because they see in it a way to take advantage of the waste and what no one wants; Others do it just because, and even by pure chance. People who collect food, utensils and objects in general discarded by others. The film shows us that the world of these people is amazing. And so, the director Agnés Varda, is also in her way, another gleaner who selects and collects images here and there.

In my opinion, this tape may seem like an artistic documentary, because of the great themes of small things. But to La Varda, what interests him is the sense of capitalist luxuriousness to know the reasons and why of so much expense, waste of food, poorly harvested crops, furniture, bread, food barely expired and Soon they are no longer edible. And on the other hand, who are those people who collect what nobody wants? Where do they intend to arrive? What are your aspirations? Varda is also interested in knowing the legislation: Can you bring the potatoes that have been left under the ground without collecting? Can you keep an appliance that is on the street? Know the laws and precepts that regulate this casuistry.

Varda also looks at itself, its own aging, its limitations, its own strangeness. Agnes Varda, teaches us her aged hands, but also her house with dampness and leaks, her little sense of shame as she spices this great harvest that is life. And the result is a genuinely exceptional documentary, a document that I consider as a whisper in everyone’s ear, a whisper that speaks to us of solidarity and justly.

 

“Ronaldo”

In the case of ‘Ronaldo’ I was not too confident that they would surprise me with a risky documentary that would allow us to get to know the Real Madrid star better, but at least I expected something more interesting than a sample of poor propaganda at the service of someone who I think he is just a second Leo Messi.

I do not feel any kind of sympathy towards the Portuguese player and also for several years that football interests me much less than when I was a kid. All this is clear that it impacts to some extent my opinion towards a work of these characteristics, but it is also true that I have been passionate about tapes with themes or stories that on paper gave me the same. The key is to know how to raise it and ‘Ronaldo’ is satisfied with a superficial analysis.

What I would like to point out is that ‘Ronaldo’ does raise some of the most controversial moments in the life of the Portuguese, but that serves little good if you show no interest in going beyond the easy comment. That also translates to essential elements in his development as a person and player such as the loneliness he felt when he was younger or the fact that he wants his son, since there is sought to offer a more human portrait that never gets to make it Connect emotionally with him because even there arise several failures of that excess of ego that has made so many feel antipathy towards him.

In the end everything is reduced to a kind of extensive interview agreed upon in which the player has accepted to involve some of his loved ones and to use some recordings of his past. A self-help audiovisual that does not contribute anything and is reserved for fans who accept anything unconditional – not surprisingly some get to have goose bumps at some point, but for the memory of what happened and not because the documentary brings something In this regard.

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The Last Ice Merchant

Do you know that Chimborazo is the highest mountain in the world if measured from the center of the earth? (Higher than Everest, always considered the roof of the world) According to Geology.com, Chimborazo in Ecuador has an altitude of 6,310 meters (20,703 feet). Mount Everest has a higher altitude, and Mauna Kea is “taller.” However, Chimborazo has the distinction of being the “highest mountain above Earth’s center.” I say this because last week, I watched a documentary that mentioned the mountain. Actually it the documentary is called, “The last Ice Merchant” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAeUC0-v5x4

Twice a week for over half a century, Baltazar Ushca has climbed the slopes of Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador, to harvest the ice from the natural glaciers that cover the highest altitudes of the volcano. The last icemaker of the Chimborazo is a peasant who’s  very poor. He’s job every day is to climb the top of the Chimborazo to pick up pieces of ice and then sell them and so get ahead and survive and is the only one that still lives for that.  I feel satisfied to have been able to know something more; especially since it’s recorded in where I was born. ( I was born in Ecuador) But, i’m Sad for the circumstances of work and life in which Baltazar and his family have to face daily. In my opinion many of the times we complain about simple things because we are living modern life and practically everything is based on the material. When we should realize the humble and simple people who do an arduous job and that in the end their payment is not fair. Those people just like Baltazar make us not lack our products of daily consumption.  And I absolutely agree with the interviewer that Baltazar should be named a Living Nation of Our Nation since he is like a living book for the Ecuadorian people.

Something more than a documentary

The other day in class we watched a movie called Harlan County USA. In eastern Kentucky in 1931 when mine operators locked out workers for voting to union. This movie  follows with precision and detail the development of such a long conflict, presenting the working and living conditions of the workers of Harlan, their demands, their positions, their organization to face the gunmen of the company Eastover Mining, the participation Of the police, nothing impartial, the police wouldn’t do nothing about the problem. But Barbara Kopple (the director) is not limited to this, parallel to the central action.

In my opinion, after watching the movie the strike that the miners and their families were doing, offers us three other blocks of information. First, the role of the women of the miners during the time the strike lasted. I think, seeing them stepping up and doing more action then their husbands, made me realize how much of important role this womans had  in this movie, and how would it have been if they didn’t step in. Secondly, the parallels between Harlan County’s current situation and the events of the 1930s, which earned it the name Bloody Harlan (the bloody Harlan) and, the decade-long conflict between miners and the coal operators who adamantly resisted unionization was violent miners and gun thugs lost their lives.

Finally, the role of folklore, its meaning and the mechanisms that originate it. A large  repertoire of songs, both traditional songs of mine and composed by the own protagonists of the action, serve as commentary on the film. This songs; folklore had a message behind of them. In addition, by singing the songs make them come and be together the miners and their families. These Folklore represents the past too, in what how they use to live .  It is a living folklore that has nothing to do with the prefabricated and canned country to which certain American cinema has us so accustomed. All of this makes Harlan County USA-and should-be seen for more reasons than its first and central intention.

The struggle of surviving

While watching the film “Nanook of the North” in class, at first it looked not interesting. It the beginning it was kinda boring , since it was black and white and the film was only with music track. After watching 10 minutes into the film, It started to seem interesting and I was liking it. For example, the walrus hunt, and all of the hunts , it looked so barbaric ,and so impressive. It was impressive to me, how these people can be living or were living in such a desolate region of the world? It proves, the indomitable force of the spirit and show to everybody that something to appears impossible is not, and that human species has some traits that even to many of us are unbelievable, hard to believe.  The picture that I posted explains, with the two dirty hands symbolizes how harsh and cruel life can be, especially for the Eskimos people. In the film the eskimo people , even if they were just acting , it seemed that they had difficult and different lifestyle. The yellow flower represents happiness. In reality, the yellow color in a flower symbolizes the bond and friendship, the taste of success and pride. Joy is  also one of the meanings of this flower, as for in the film, it gives hints about even though the people were noble savages. Noble savages that were being pushed towards civilization, and that would destroy them. The effort to survive and to see another day has been a problem since the first men walked the Earth. There are many obstacles that make living day to day a harsh struggle  and many reasons why some fail to meet the expectation of this struggle. In the film, theres a scene in where Nanook bites into a record. According, to chapter 9 from the book “Introduction to documentary” this is an act of playful hamming for the camera, this made me feel like at some point they Nanook didn’t understand what was going on, it was all part of Flaherty ideas and customs.  The picture that I posted explains, symbolizes how harsh and cruel life can be, especially for the Eskimos people. But the yellow rose is meant to stand for happiness, In where seeing then film ,it looked like if they were all fie living in the harsh cold weather and struggling for survival.

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