Berlinale Review: Black 47 (2018)

What alternative do people have to fight oppression when it is so normalized within our systems? Structural violence, namely the institutions and structures that are put in place by those in power and prevent others from meeting their basic needs, has for so long relied on our acquiescence, that we often are led to accept certain things as “simply how life is”. Director Lance Daly’s latest … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Black 47 (2018)

Berlinale Review: Jibril (2018)

The good thing about first love and teenage years is that this phase is supposed to help us better cope with what’s to come later in life. By learning how to deal with rejection, loneliness, and heartbreak, we’re supposed to build healthier relationships in the future, connections whose sole purpose isn’t simply to fill a void. But well, that’s theory. Life, as we know it, doesn’t … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Jibril (2018)

Berlinale Review: “Las Herederas” (2018) {The Heiresses}

Most countries in Latin America were heavily built based on the concept of stratified classes. But if in decay elsewhere, classicism, one of the many long-lasting consequences of economies based on slavery and worker’s exploitation, is still alive and well in the region. Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi’s first feature film, « Las Herederas » – literally translated into English as « The Heiresses » and currently part of this … Continue reading Berlinale Review: “Las Herederas” (2018) {The Heiresses}

Berlinale Review: Isle of Dogs (2018)

I mean, let’s just put it out there: everybody loves dogs. Or at least they should. Dogs are better than people, and we don’t even deserve them but are lucky enough they became part of our lives. Inventive director Wes Anderson, the same guy who brought foxes to life in “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”, is a wise man who accepts this reality, and his newest … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Isle of Dogs (2018)

Berlinale Review: Strong Island (2017)

Between the years of 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the death of approximately 1.8 million people in Cambodia. Talking about the tools for peace and reconciliation in the country, director Rithy Panh, who has award-winning documentaries on the subject, suggested that one of the ways to honor the victims of these crimes would be to make not one, but 1.8 million films … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Strong Island (2017)

Berlinale Review: Toivon Tuolla Puolen {The Other Side of Hope} (2017)

Finnish director and writer Aki Kaurismäki, discontent with the way refugees are seen and portrayed in today’s society, created a story that, according to him, was an “unscrupulous attempt to influence the views and the opinions of its viewers, whilst attempting to manipulate their emotions.” While every film has an ideological backbone, a series of principles upon which it is based, not all openly admit … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Toivon Tuolla Puolen {The Other Side of Hope} (2017)

Berlinale Review: At Elske Pia {Loving Pia} (2017)

Do all of us humans strive for the same things? Do we have similar needs and desires? Pia is a sixty-year-old intellectually disabled woman. She lives in rural Denmark with her mother Guittou, who cares for and tends to her. Guittou’s mortality seems all the more palpable, and the prospect of loneliness makes Pia afraid. Although she has never been romantically involved with anyone, she believes that … Continue reading Berlinale Review: At Elske Pia {Loving Pia} (2017)