In Motherland or Death you don't add to the uncritical fascination with the Island of Freedom but you don't talk to dissidents either. You avoid siding with any of these typical images of contemporary Cuba. The film is rather a portrait of decay and rupture... An interview with Vitaly Mansky on Russian documentary world by Hana Rezkova (IDF).
Men Standing // Les Hommes Debout (Orig.)
2010 / France / 77 min
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Cross the ruins of the factory, remembering repeated gestures. Hear the voices of workers gathered in the yard and the silence of unplugged machines. Go through the city, in the mud of construction sites, leaving in search of work. Strike the stone and the brick, watch things slowly collapsing. Spot places, get there, change the locks and turn the electricity on. Gather at night, light a fire, build new shelters. Telling always the same story: the one that keeps men standing.
|Dir. of Photography||Jeremy Gravayat|
|Sound||Jean-Baptiste Fribourg, Gil Savoy|
|Tags||cities, essay, industry, memory, observational, poetic|