Films & Cinema
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Remember about the amazingly talented lads from JuBaFilms? They’re back…
A documentary premiering today at the Sundance film festival explores the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. A statement from its director reads:
I thought about following the activists-brave and admirable men and women-who were fighting against these policies. But I was more curious about the people who, in effect, wanted to kill me. (According to the provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, I could be put to death or imprisoned.) Notably, almost every evangelical I met – American or Ugandan – was polite, agreeable, even charming. Yet I knew that if the bill passed, there would be blood on the streets of Kampala.
What explains that contradiction? What explains the murderous rage and ecstatic transcendence? In the well-known trope about Africa, a white man journeys into the heart of darkness and finds the mystery of Africa and its unknowable otherness. I, a black man, made that journey and found – America.
A word of warning: This film contains a few explicit scenes and quite some moaning so you might want to lower the volume a bit if your parents/siblings/friends are around
Submitted by Artyom
The Boy Who Couldn’t Swim is a short film (featuring the lovely Jonas Wandschneider) about two teen boys who meet in Copenhagen and team up to find one of the boys’ mother. Instead they end up finding themselves – and each other.
Original Title: Drengen der ikke kunne svømme | Submitted by Johan
A bored French Literature teacher gets too close to a talented student; woe ensues… so far, so familiar. But whereas other films of this ilk, such as Notes on a Scandal or The Wave focus on questions of sexual and pedagogic impropriety respectively, Dans La Maison (In the House, in its English translation) is a thoughtfully joyful story about story-telling; a delicate thriller so wonderfully innocent, but simmering with méchanceté.
Germain Germain (great name) starts the new academic year with a class of dunces, until one student -- Claude -- eschews a humdrum piece of homework in favour of a very intimate study of his classmate Rafa’s family. The seditious piece ends with a tantalising: “À suivre…” or “To be continued…” Germain is soon drawn into Claude’s tale, tutoring his young prodigy in the art of story-telling, but from that moment on we’re never entirely sure whether what we’re seeing is actually happening, or is just part of Claude’s story. Read on…
17-year-old Jasper lives in a boring, small town. In his family, he can’t be himself. Jasper’s dad is a singer, named Lukkie Luk. All the attention in the family goes to his career. Jasper looks for a way to handle this and is faced with the typical questions in the life of an adolescent. Questions that will not be answered when he stays in his usual routine.
Original Title: Kus me zachtjes
Jørgen lives abroad, but every summer he and his wife come back to Denmark. As usual they invite the neighbours and their teenage son Thomas over for dinner. Only, this time there is a strange tension in the air between the adults. After dinner, Jørgen and Thomas go for a walk and discover that both have problems they can’t share with anyone. Disclosing their secrets to each other is what starts the friendship between them but through the course of the next two summers their relationship develops in a way they didn’t expect.
Original Title: Tre Somre