A World out of Control Documentaries Selected by Spellbound

By Sweeney, Anne-Marie | New Internationalist, September 30, 2003 | Go to article overview

A World out of Control Documentaries Selected by Spellbound


Sweeney, Anne-Marie, New Internationalist


Following the success of Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine we may be getting more documentaries on the big screen. This is no bad thing if the 35 films curated by Marie Wright at the recent OXDOX - A World Out of Control festival are anything to go by. These docs tell stories packed with warmth, humanity, pain and humour.

In Dance Grozny Dance, directed by Jos de Putter, a boy dances on despite a dislocated knee and a girl collapses while performing, providing a powerful metaphor for the vulnerability and daily reality of Chechnya's children.

Mai Masri's Frontiers of Dreams and Fears shows teenage girls in Dheisha refugee camp exchanging adolescent notes with pen-pals from Shatila and flirting with bashful baseball-T-shirt-clad lads. The next day they bury yet another of their young friends, shot dead by Israeli occupying forces. …

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