31st Cleveland Film Festival

On Saturday I saw 1.5 films at the 31st Cleveland Film Festival. The first was called A Map for Saturday and was a self-doc about a guy who quit his job to spend a year back­pack­ing around the world. It was in­ter­est­ing to see, since he is about my age, and it wasn’t re­al­ly a doc­u­men­tary with the in­tent to Teach You Something. It did tend to glam­or­ize the process a bit too much and sort of im­plied that any­one can do this if they want to. The $20k he spent on trav­el in that year says oth­er­wise though.

The sec­ond film was called Bamako and it sucked. It would have been good as a mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle or an in-depth piece of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism, but as a dra­ma and film it was aw­ful. The half-assed plot is com­plete­ly sub­sumed by “or­di­nary cit­i­zen” wit­ness­es who speak like ex­pert econ­o­mists and/​or Marxists [not that they are Marxists, but it wouldn’t be sur­pris­ing if they start­ed toss­ing out terms like di­alec­tic and util­i­ty.] to a court that rep­re­sents the World Bank or IMF. What the film re­al­ly is about is how the West has de­stroyed and con­tin­ues to de­stroy Africa. About the on­ly thing I got out of the film was that the or­di­nary peo­ple of Africa don’t have much of a voice in world af­fairs. Unfortunately they didn’t have it in this film ei­ther. Peppermint and I left af­ter about an hour of the blah-blid­dy-blah.

Also, the guy in A Map for Saturday didn’t vis­it Africa on his world tour.

4 thoughts on “31st Cleveland Film Festival

  1. I saw both of those movies last Friday and al­so fell asleep dur­ing Bamako. I woke up dur­ing the “wild west” scene very very con­fused. The best part of that movie was my nap.

  2. Yep — it’s not pos­si­ble to do Europe on the cheap. We’ve spent about $20000 so far in 8 months. Most of the mon­ey is for rent and food and train tick­ets. I think I could do it for 10K if ’twas on­ly me, tho.

    We’re re­al­ly ex­cit­ed about go­ing to Morocco next week. For the first time we’ll be es­cap­ing what we per­ceive to be the “European” per­spec­tive.

    The West is de­stroy­ing the world and the world is de­stroy­ing the world as well. Did you see Blood Diamond? I thought it did an ex­cel­lent ex­plo­ration of the dif­fer­ences in per­spec­tive be­tween haves and have-nots.

    I’m down to 2 t-shirts now and a to­tal of about 30 pounds of pos­ses­sions. Smith lent me his and I’m feel­ing glam­orous, like my wardrobe is great­ly ex­pand­ed.

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