Goutam Ghose – Maa Bhoomi AKA Our Land (1979)

Set during one of India’s main peasant risings, the Telangana insurrection between 1945 and 1951 in the pre-Independence state of Hyderabad, the Bengali director’s first feature tells the story of Chander’s best-known novel (Jab Khet Jaage (1948) from the peasant’s point of view. A young peasant, Ramiah, rebels against the corrupt rule of the nizam, and when his girlfriend has to submit to the potentate’s sexual coercion, Ramiah leaves. He befriends a Marxist activist (the rising was CPI-inspired) and participates in the Independence struggle. Read More »

Alfredo B. Crevenna & Emilio Fernández – La rebelión de los colgados AKA Rebellion of the Hanged (1954)

A logging camp, deep in the Mexican jungle is the setting for this dark, cataclysmic drama. A man and his family go to work in a mahogany camp, only to find themselves and their coworkers treated as semi-slave laborers and the recipients of beatings and brutal punishments. Pushed to the brink of fury, the man decides the only way out for himself, and his coworkers, is for him to lead them in a violent and bloody revolt against their oppressors. Read More »

Deepa Mehta – Earth (1998)

The movie opens in Lahore of 1947 before India and Pakistan became independent. It is a cosmopolitan city, depicted by the coterie of working class friends who are from different religions. The rest of the movie chronicles the fate of this group and the maddening religious that sweeps even this city as the partition of the two countries is decided and Lahore is given to Pakistan. Read More »

Raoul Peck – Assistance mortelle AKA Fatal Assistance (2013)

Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Read More »

Shaheen Dill-Riaz – Lohakhor AKA Ironeaters AKA Eisenfresser (2007)

Chittagong is a seaport in southern Bangladesh that has become the center of a thriving industry in the Third World — breaking up old and obsolete ships and selling the scrap metal, usually to construction firms. Read More »

Carlos Saura – Deprisa, deprisa AKA Faster, Faster (1981)

Angela begins to hang around with Pablo and his gang of young robbers.

Letterboxd review
★★★★★ Watched by Remy_Renault 09 May 2014

Los Olvidados transplanted to Madrid. City of God’s heavy-handedness has never appeared so inane as it does when compared to this seemingly effortless but compassionate and satirical exploration of juvenile delinquency. Read More »

Vera Chytilová – TGM Osvoboditel AKA Tomas Garrigue Masaryk a Liberator (1990)

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was the first President of Czechoslovakia (1918-1935), independence movement leader and philosopher. After the Velvet Revolution, Chytilová turns to Masaryk to ensure some continuity between her country’s past and present. Read More »