Experimental but not self-conscious, effecting and moving. The audio of switchboard operators trying to track down that space cadet Raegan gives the film context and echoes the shambles that is not just the Syrian civil war but the geopolitical climate in general.
Viewing this on the morning I woke up to find Donald Trump as the president elect of the United States, I couldn't appreciate this nuanced critique of imperialism more. A spatial and temporal juxtaposition that gives us an exquisite portrait of everyday humanity contending with the cold, distant face of global power.
Just finished Adam Curtis' new doc Hyper Normalization (see it!) which is why this caught my eye. I'm glad it did. This is a smart and incredibly well executed short film/doc poem. We need these kinds of connections to be made by our artists so that we can all start to wake up and really see what it means to live in a globalized world. Thank you, Ayman.
Disjointed, but with a purpose. More to tie this film into itself would've done it some good. It is a little too experimental for an average viewer who will feel like there is no purpose. Something to link the two times could benefit the film in many ways. The goal in mind is a lofty one, showing worlds apart that are the same. Its message is subtly heard, that we must learn from the past, but more context is needed.
What would Assad like to say to Ronald or Donald... Who knows? Barack, Bill and the Georges let it ride to the extent of utter destruction... I guess Vladimir had a better phone line. Soon the estimates will come in and the rebuilding will begin with contractors drinking plenty vodka. How come flotation devices always come in orange? Where did Hilary go, this time? I don't know... Still waiting for the outcome.
In every sense of the word, this film was frustrating to watch. Not only did it showcase the non-diegetic frustration of being put on hold for so long for such an imperative matter, but it was also frustrating to watch how the shots from America's perspective seemed like they didn't care about the rest of the world. It was also frustrating due to the fact that the whole film was unrelated shots all stitched together.
Loved this film. Even though I found none of it funny as was suggested. The imagery is too strong, the subject too serious. If one is inclined toward documentary imagery that surpasses language, then, I have to say, it's captivating.