The camera angles are sparse and direct, providing as little interference as possible to hint at the seriousness of the discourse and avoid distracting flourishes. There are no voiceovers or talking heads.
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For a documentary covering some grave subject matters, Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s We Are the Radical Monarchs takes an unexpected, perhaps subversive approach to covering the activities of the quasi girl’s scout group whose focus is on American girls of color.
Over the seventy-six-minute runtime, a collection of famous Nigerian faces are shown, gorgeously lit, bare faced and shouldered and recounting experiences of how colorism affected their lives for the good or worse, mostly for the worse
There are accusations of proxy wars with countries in the Global West and Middle East fueling armed bandits, but the closest the story gets to armed bandits are the Amazigh people preparing to shit down a refiners that will cost the country billions
The Koro of Bakoro is an observation of a life at the fringes, one deeply underrepresented in the collective gaze of the environment.
Simplice Ganou’s documentary about the homeless nomads of Burkina Faso was made in 2011, and nine years later, it remains just as resonant and vivacious.