Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas Fahdel has won the Doc Alliance Selection Award. The winning film is composed of two parts – the first was shot before the US army’s invasion of Iraq while the second part captures the post-war events – providing an essential report on the turning point in the country’s development. Instead of shorthand news features on the events in Iraq, it brings an impressive portrayal of life in the country. Director Fahdel received the award at the Locarno film festival.
PETITION (The Court of Complaints)
2009 / China, France / 124 min
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This epic examining the basis of the current Chinese political system is based upon a twelve-year-observation of people who arrived to Peking with complaints concerning their local governments. Most of them were put away to slums where they have, in their effort to achieve some justice, been existing in absolute poverty for up to several years.
|Dir. of Photography||Zhao LIANG|
|Editing||Bruno BARWISE, Sylvie BLUM, Shun ZI, Zhao LIANG|
|Tags||Asia, long-term observation, observational, political, social issues, society|