Magazine article Screen International

Those Who Feel the Fire Burning

Magazine article Screen International

Those Who Feel the Fire Burning

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Dir: Morgan Knibbe. Netherlands. 2014. 74mins

There is a visceral intensity to Morgan Knibbe's ambitious and engrossing debut feature that marks him as a talent to watch. The subject matter - the plight of refugees - may be a familiar one much tackled by documentary filmmakers, but his film has a fresh, vibrant and immersive style that makes it a unique viewing experience.

Its unconventional vision of an often-hopeless situation is striking and provocative.

Those Who Feel The Fire Burning, which had its world premiere in the feature length documentary section at Amsterdam's IDFA film festival, was one of the buzz films of the event, mainly for Knibbe's flowing visual style as his camera dips in and out of events and lives.

His opening scene, a re-enactment on board an illegal and very dangerous boat journey to Europe pitches the camera - and viewer - in the dark, on board the pitching boat as waves crash and terror mounts. It is never clear who lives or dies, but the spirit of one man continues the journey into the strange lands of Europe. That early dip into 'drama' aside, the rest of the film is very much pure observational documentary - though of a very poetic and creative style - as the camera observes a series of refugees as they deal with their new life, dwell on what has gone before and sometimes look to the future. …

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