Tag Archives: Alex Descas

Bassek Ba Kobhio – Le grand blanc de Lambaréné AKA The Great White of Lambarene (1995)

Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek ba Kobhio provides a fascinating revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Noble Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era.

Like Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, this film begins to rewrite the history of colonialism from the point of view of the colonized. Le Grand Blanc de Lambaréné is not, however, a facile exercise in iconoclasm but rather a deeply-felt lament for a missed opportunity, for a cross-cultural encounter between Africa and Europe which never happened. Read More »

Mia Hansen-Løve – Maya (2018)

December 2012. After four months in captivity in Syria, two French reporters are released.
Gabriel, the younger one, is just shy of 30.
Following a day of interrogations and medical exams, Gabriel is allowed to see his loved ones: his father, his ex- girlfriend Naomi… His mother lives in India, where he grew up. She has cut ties with everyone.
A few weeks later, unable to find his bearings, Gabriel decides to leave for India. He moves into his childhood home in Goa, and meets Maya, a young Indian girl. Read More »