Monday, November 12, 2018
DOC NYC capsule reviews: HEARTBOUND, GLOBAL FAMILY, ALICIA, INSIDE LEHMAN BROTHERS and BEI BEI
In a small region of a Danish Town there is an abnormally high percentage of Thai women who have come to the country to marry the men there. Following the women and their husbands through meeting, marriage, divorce and all of life's moments the film presents us with one of a kind micro-culture.
This is an intriguing little film about love and companionship and the seemingly odd course it some times take.
Ibrahim is a former soccer champion from Somalia now living in Europe with his family. When his mother needs to have a care giver the complications of now having a family spread across the globe becomes a very real problem as they must work out who will be willing to take care of their aging matriarch.
Very good look at at a problem that is now facing millions of families across the globe as the various refugee crisis and our mobile society keeps us thousands of miles away from each other. Why I have not run across a similar story before confuses me especially since so many people I know have similar situations, though not of the refugee kind. This is an eye opening film that is very much worth a look.
Heartbreaking portrait of girl over several years as she navigates the child care system in Denmark. Pulled from her parents at the age of one she has bounced between foster homes and institutions. We watch as she grows up and becomes a victim of the system.
Sad little film will make you realize that the child care system is broken and that for those stuck in it’s claws it is not helping the kids but hurting them. This is a sobering ice bath of a film
INSIDE LEHMAN BROTHERS
Excellent look at the implosion of Lehman brothers and their culture of “making money anyway we don’t get caught”. Told from the perspective of the whistleblowers and prosecutors the film reveals why it happened and why we are still feeling the aftershocks years on. It’s beautifully concise telling of the tale and recommended for anyone who wants to understand what happened and what we need to do to prevent it from happening again.
Unhappy and despondent at being pregnant and no longer wanted by her boyfriend Bei Bei took rat poison in the hope of killing herself. She survived while her baby did not. Prosecutors used the note she left behind to charge her with murder claiming intent. Chilling tale about how various jurisdictions are seeking to limit a woman’s reproductive rights via laws that seek to protect the fetus at all costs. This is an very good film that should act as a warning to women about how jurisdictions are taking steps to control the reproductive rights of women. Recommended