Justifying Real Sacrifices and Reasons to Survive

Justifying Real Sacrifices and Reasons to Survive
12 abril 09:40 2018 Imprimir

By Roger Costa

The upcoming Tribeca Film Festival 2018 will bring amusing and bold new indie films from the US and many parts of the globe, including much-awaited eye-striking documentaries. Here are four must-see Premieres.


An alarming expose on the first years of the Iraq war, where a group of marines were persecuted for the murders of innocent civilians, Michael Epstein’s feature film is an exclusive look and all-access report on the tragic case that shocked the world. Structured as a tense, gripping and gruesome reenactment of the case, it unveils devastating facts of the case, creating a thrilling puzzle provided by explicitly violent footage and testimonies of lawyers and marines themselves.


An intense look at the Ivory crisis in Africa, Jon Kasbe’s impressive debut exposes both sides of the issue with accurate justifications on all parts. It follows Asan, as he struggles to feed his family without getting paid from the job he’s so dedicated to: hunt down whomever is caught “poaching” (the killing of Elephants). On the other side, his cousin X is an expert and successful poacher who’s willing to defy anyone who imposes a threat to his business. Perhaps one of this year’s most important revelations, it’s a visually astonishing, structured as a ticking-bomb thriller with affecting observations on the role of integrity in such circumstances and the sacrifices for survival of those not defeated by poverty.


After her highly praised and award-winning first feature “Bully” (made in collaboration with Lee Hirsch), writer-producer-director Cynthia Lowen delves inside the cyber-bullying against women, exposing flaws in the justice system and a very corrupt, greedy and heartless global-internet business. Lowen intimately interviews three women fighting the cause, a lawyer, a media activist and an athlete, while going through their painful memories of physical and cyber threats. Sensitive, heartbreaking and a courageous display on women’s determination, it’s a timely production dynamically soaring the current female revolutionary movement.


Addressing the migration issue through two exquisitely shot interconnected stories, Gabrielle Brady’s moving and inclusive doc takes us to Australia’s Christmas Island where the largest crabs’ migration occurs. As the camera registers activists, locals and environmental enthusiasts, joining forces to protect the species, it also turns attention to a doctor living with her family on the mystical Island and her consultations with war-affected refugees on the area. Crafted as a stylish, contemplative and haunting exploration on the Island itself (known as a place where unburied first-explorers still wanders the land), Brady conceived a visually enriched metaphor on the depths of Nature and human condition, both inflicted by obstacles imposing the right of existence.


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