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  • The House Is Black 1963

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 May, 2013

    Movie #15 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge

    The House Is Black- Iran

    As short as it is, the depiction of people to whom faith has been cruel going to school, celebrating and thanking god for their existence is very powerful. The film does not shy away from depictions of disfigurement without giving the feeling that it wants to shock or force sympathy out of the viewer. The directors poems, as well as the verses from the koran, wich accompany the images as voice-over, only added to the profound impact this film had on me.

  • Elite Squad 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2013 2

    Movie #10 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge

    Elite Squad- Brazil

    Intense Film about the war in the Brazilian favelas and the people that participate in it. Much like City of God, Elite Squad simply shows you what is happening and forces you to make up your own mind about it. The issues presented are so complicated and the line between good and bad so blurred that it is hard to really root for any character. The direction during…