Austrian filmmaker Hubert Sauper‘s follow-up to Darwin’s Nightmare (2004) — an award-winning cautionary tale, set in Tanzania, about the ill-guided importation of alien wildlife into inhospitable ecosystems — is another document of hubris and exploitation, this time in South Sudan, an infant nation (or a toddler, I suppose, born in 2011) preyed upon by would-be and actual oil barons from China and the West even as it struggles with home-grown militarism and civil war. Sauper’s aggressive application of vérité techniques, combined with his palpable outrage, makes for a deeply engaging, richly galvanizing portrait of intersecting interests in conflict on an uneven playing field, with natives both stuck in the middle and shunted to the sidelines.
Playing through September 3rd at the Museum of Fine Arts. Check the MFA’s website for details on future screenings.
REVIEW: A Thousand and One (2023) dir. A.V. Rockwell
A dazzling tale of a mother and son surviving through the changes of New York City