Even after 60 years, there is much to be explored and shared about the Holocaust. Scores of documentaries valiantly record survivors’ harrowing testimonies or uncover a surprising new angle through archival research. But it’s still possible to feel numb to the unspeakable images and stories from this diabolical chapter of human history.
Tag Archives: 2000s
Shadows in the Palace / Goongnyeo (2007) Mi-jung Kim, Jin-hie Park, Se-ah Yun, Yeong-hie Seo, Crime, Drama, History
During the Chosun period, a court lady is found dead, hanging by the rafters of the palace. After examining the dead body, place physician Chun-ryung discovers that the dead maid was probably murdered and carries out investigation even though her higher-ups pressure her to close the case as suicide.
“Shasan valo, sun lo aaj – Hamare gaon mein hamaara raaj” (Listen to us, you who rule – our villages, we control). A boat carrying that cargo of defiance begins an urgent journey through the Narmada valley.
Calvaire / The Ordeal (2004) Fabrice Du Welz, Laurent Lucas, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigny, Horror
Dear Mr. Gacy (2010) Svetozar Ristovski, William Forsythe, Jesse Moss, Emma Lahana, Crime, Drama, Thriller
1993. Overachieving college student Jason Moss, fascinated by serial crime, decides to write his criminology class term paper on John Wayne Gacy, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed in six months time. Jason’s criminology professor, Mr. Harris, will only allow Jason to write his paper on Gacy if Jason can come up with a fresh angle, as he himself believes the topic of serial killers is already overexposed.
Gunner Palace (2004) Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker, Bryant Davis, Devon Dixon, Javorn Drummond, Documentary, War
American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the “Gunners,” tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country.
Jennifer, a young, ambitious executive running promotions at a failing Boston mall comes up with a genius promotional gimmick to save her workplace and position herself for advancement: hold a “Hunky Santa” contest to replace the old Mall Santa.
Britannic (2000) Brian Trenchard-Smith, Edward Atterton, Amanda Ryan, Jacqueline Bisset, Action, Drama, History
The lazaret ship Britannic is used by England to transport weapons to Egypt. The German secret service wants to show that abuse of the red cross by overtaking the ship and steering it to a neutral port for inspection.
Jamás leí a Onetti (I have never read Onetti) is a documentary-homage to this great Uruguayan writer, which is enacted with testimonies, words, drawings and music, all part of the Onettian legacy. With the link between different kinds of writing as a starting point, the movie also asks about the means and the ends of all creative process.