LE GOUT DU KOUMIZ
THE TASTE OF KOUMIZ by XAVIER CHRISTIAENS, Belgium 2003, 56min
The story of a man who long ago left his birthplace at the foot of the
Black Mountains, lured away by the magic of big city life. Now he nostalgically
remembers his childhood spent in the raw beauty of the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
and searches for signs of the traditional nomadic life of his forefathers.
Scenes from the peaceful life of days long gone by, living in tents and
in close communion with nature, are contrasted with the anonymous, busy
outskirts of the town, full of wandering dogs and run-down houses. The
minimalist music creates a condensed atmosphere, together with a poetic,
and in some places whispered commentary expressing the inner nostalgia
for unstoppable disappearance of traditional culture of the nomads.
RWANDA, UN CRI D´UN SILENCE INOUI
RWANDA, A CRY OF DEAFENING SILENCE by ANNE LAINÈ, France 2003,
In 1994 more than half a million people were brutally murdered in less
than 100 days. The genocide, which was carried out predominantly with
bush knives, ceased only after the entry of the exiled Tutsi army from
Uganda, which pushed the murdering Hutu Interahamwe militia into neighboring
Congo. Ten years after the genocide, Rwandan society is still haunted
by the devastating trauma. French director Anne Lainé does not
pick apart the reasons for this actions or historical links which led
to the re-emergence of such a strong hatred among the majority Hutus and
the minority Tutsi population. Instead she acquaints the audience with
the dreadful fate of women who managed to survive the massacre.