Episode 11. Swimming Upstream

By April 3, 2019 No Comments

This week’s films all featured characters who are swimming upstream although in very different circumstances. We start by talking about Christian Petzold’s 2018 Transit(02:50)–“Casablanca meets Kafka” as one critic wrote. We then move on to discuss Laura Bispuri’s deft exploration of motherhood in Daughter of Mine (08:27) and Erika Cohn’s exploration of attitudes about gender and the law in The Judge(2017) (14:24), a documentary about Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman to be appointed to as a judge to a Sharia court. Lastly we look at Javier Bardem’s masterful performance of a man fighting for the right to die in The Sea Inside (2004) (19:35). We end by previewing next week’s from our short series “Global Animation” including Michel Ocelot’s 2006 Azur & Asmar (23:13) and Mamoru Hosoda’s 2018 Mirai (27:07)along with the timely documentary Invisible Hands (2018) (29:42) about child labor and trafficking by journalist Shraysi Tandon.