There's no one making films like this, with the cinematic eloquence of Bergman or Bresson, using nothing but harrowing reality. A breathtakingly graceful & elegant descent into the fetid, decaying, body behind neoliberalism's grinning plastic face. Sauper, w/ exceptional clarity, takes us step by implicating, nauseating step, deep into our system's "externalities". Sensitively, with humility. W/out causing more harm.
Very difficult to watch at times - but worth it of course. The cinematography is so simple and great, the proximity between Sauper and his subjects often felt very tender. The most memorable scene for me is when Eliza sings with the repulsive Russian man behind her.
I contacted Richard Mgaba after having seen the film, the Tanzanian journalist who is interviewed in the film. He told me he was prosecuted and thrown into jail after the release of the film. Today he works on two different projects about africa, one on war and the other on drug trafficing. He is also writing a book about Africa. In the film I was impressed with how sharp he was. He gives me hope.
John Malsbary, you literally stole the words from my mouth. This documentary still haunts me. I, too, have seen it once - in a festival three or four years ago. It's a must-see, and a one time only must-see. We get such a distinct view on the people and conditions of Tanzania, it hurts to watch. Also, for any amateur who finds documentaries boring, here you go.
Ignorance is bliss. I find myself moving from feeling distant, close and back again to this cliche. Sometimes I can look back on life and see 'how far I've come' to be aware, involved, critical, and most importantly authentic. In these times I am distant from the bliss. Last night, watching 'Darwin's Nightmare' I found myself uncomfortably close to that bliss. This is our world, our time.
One of the strangest and most affecting films I've ever seen. It begins with a skirmish between an air traffic controller and a bee buzzing madly against the windows of a control tower somewhere in Tanzania, and somehow winds up connecting the seediest mechanisms of globalism. Sauper has said his intention was "to make a film about the logic of our time. And it's a very weird logic." An important film....