Nearly all the films about Iraq focus on the American forces, whether they are for or against them. But hardly ever do we see what it is like to live under the occupying forces and the internal violence that has sprung up in the country.
This is a ‘must see’ 64 minute documentary film. The film examines the widely unregarded worlds of Anthropology and Geopolitics in a very dynamic manner, and is probably stylistically quite unlike any documentary that you have previously seen.
This is the most powerful documentary I have seen about the events of 9/11. It has no narrative and is basically compiled from mainly amateur footage shot as the events were unfolding in live-time.
Here are 10 minutes of magic on the Bansuri (Indian Bamboo Flute) from Prasad Bhandarkar, one of the leading disciples of Hari Prasad Chaurasia, accompanied by some friends on the Mood India series.
This is a wonderful evocation of the spirit of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshwara! The performers are from the China Disabled Peoples Performance Art Troupe in Hubei, and all of the dancers are deaf and mute.
This episode is about music and dancing in the Balinese village of Peliatan, the separate items linked by an appropriately illustrative detail from Balinese paintings.
The second episode in this documentary series from 1969 covers the animistic rituals and festivals of Bali, officially Hindu, but with origins in ancient ceremonials practised long before Hinduism came to the island.
Just recently I came across a 3-part series about Bali made by David Attenborough in 1969 for the BBC, and will show it here over the next couple of weeks. The first episode is a general introduction to Bali, its people and their varied arts.
Arn Chorn-Pond was 10 years old when the Khmer Rouge come to power, he was seperated from his family, owners of a leading opera company, and therefore, like most artists, doomed.