A UNICEF-sponsored six-film anthology depicting childhood horrors around the world. Hassane (Euzhan Palcy) – a malnourished child in Niger needs help from the doctors, but village traditions prohibit it. Liouba (Rolan Bykov) – a child escapes to the forest after a beating by his alcoholic mother, but the games he plays in the forest mirror his troubles at home. Boy (Jerry Lewis) – a child faces discrimination as the only white student at his school. Carmelo (Ciro Durán) – in Bogota a child living on the streets fights to survive. Oca (Lino Brocka) – when his twelve year old brother dies free-diving in the Philippines, seven year old Oca must take his place on the job. L’enfance de l’art (Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville ) – children living and playing in a war zone are touched by violence. —IMDb
Lino Brocka was born in Pilar, Sorsogon. He directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970. It won an award for best screenplay at the 1970 Manila Film Festival. Later that year he also won the Citizen’s Council for Mass Media’s best-director award for the film Santiago!.
In 1974 Brocka directed Weighed But Found Wanting, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices. It was a box-office hit, and earned Brocka another best-director award, this time from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).
The following year he directed The Claws of Light, which is considered by many critics to be the greatest Philippine film ever made – including British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm 1. The film tells the allegorical tale of a young provincial named Julio Madiaga who goes to Manila looking for his lost love, Ligaya Paraiso. The episodic plot… read more
Rolan Antonovich Bykov (Ukrainian: Рола́н Анто́нович Би́ков, Rolan Antonovych Bykov; Russian: Рола́н Анто́нович Бы́ков; November 12, 1929, Kiev – October 6, 1998, Moscow) was a Soviet and Russian actor, film director, script writer, poet, song writer. He was awarded People’s Artist of the RSFSR in 1973 and the USSR State Prize in 1986.
Rolan Bykov was born to a Jewish family in Kiev.
He was born Rolan Antonovich Bykov, but in his official documents the name consistently was, following an official’s mistake in 1946, misspelt as Roland Anatolyevich (a patronymic from a different name; Bykov’s father was Anton and not Anatoly). As an actor, however, he always was called Rolan Bykov and never Roland. —Wikipedia
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, film producer, writer, film director and singer. He is best-known for his slapstick humor in stage, screen, television, radio, and recording and is also known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, The Golden Camera, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented.
On February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. As an innovative filmmaker, Lewis is credited with inventing the video assist system in cinematography (some doubt now exists about this, due to… read more
The lynchpin of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard was arguably the most influential filmmaker of the postwar era. Beginning with his groundbreaking 1959 feature debut A Bout de Souffle, Godard revolutionized the motion picture form, freeing the medium from the shackles of its long-accepted cinematic language by rewriting the rules of narrative, continuity, sound, and camera work. Later in his career, he also challenged the common means of feature production, distribution, and exhibition, all in an effort to subvert the conventions of the Hollywood formula to create a new kind of film.
Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children. After receiving his primary education in Nyon, Switzerland – during World War II, he became a naturalized Swiss citizen – he studied ethnology at the Sorbonne, but spent the vast majority of his days at the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin, where he first met fellow film fanatics Francois Truffaut and Jacques Rivette. In May… read more
Anne-Marie Miéville (born 11 November 1945 in Lausanne) is a Swiss filmmaker, principally known for her work in collaboration with her husband Jean-Luc Godard. —Wikipedia