Posts Tagged ‘Issa Sesay’

The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: Documentary Features Competition

March 11, 2010

It’s a cliché that truth is stranger than fiction. It’s also a sign of our creative bankruptcy that we’re opening up this paragraph with such a hoary old fossil. Surveying the field in SXSW’s nonfiction film competition, however, is to look upon a group that’s bursting with eccentric characters—the guru of Ecstasy, anyone?—and hot button issues. This year, the jury can expect to be taken from Beijing to Afghanistan to Sierra Leone to a world in one man’s backyard. Time to switch the brain into its “on” position. Click on the titles to watch trailers.

Read our SXSW Headliners Preview.
Read the first part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read the second part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read our SXSW Narrative Features Competition preview.

Beijing Taxi

In the Chinese capital of Beijing, the taxi-drivers are notoriously garrulous, willing to discuss anything from politics to what’s for dinner with their passengers. Filmmaker Miao Wang uses these characters as the lens through which to view a changing nation opening its doors for the 2008 Olympics. The trauma of accelerated redevelopment is seen through their windshields. Don’t forget to tip.

Camp Victory, Afghanistan

Our exit strategy in Afghanistan involves educating the country’s nascent army in how to keep their lawless country under the boot-heel. That task is down to the U.S. National Guard, who Carol Dysinger followed as they trained a green battalion in the ways of martial law. She captures inexperienced military men facing fresh challenges, as well as the unlikely friendships forming between teachers and students. Heartwarming.

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Trailerama: War Don Don

March 5, 2010

Following years of civil war, Sierra Leone seeks some kind of reconciliation through a specially convened war crimes tribunal. At the heart of the trial is Issa Sesay, a member of the Revolutionary United Front accused of war crimes ranging from use of child soldiers to sexual violence. Rebecca Richman Cohen‘s film isn’t just a real courtroom thriller. It also asks questions about whether the international community is truly prepared to find justice when the crimes are beyond belief. Screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.