Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky, Switzerland/Sierra Leone, 2010, 88 minutes at the Pacific Cinémathèque in Vancouver, BC. Canada.
God No Say So is an anti-war documentary which shows the triumph of the human spirit in the face of great suffering and adversity. It follows the eleven year civil war in Sierra Leone between the government and the rebels showing the horrible story of thousands of amputated hands hacked off and sent to the president, in an attempt by the rebels to sending a strong message to the voters to stop them from voting for the government. The film skillfully shows the lives and smiles of the amazing people of Sierra Leone who are able to cope despite adversity and let their beauty and humanity shine through like a beacon of light.
This unique film was nominated for the Prix de Soleure 2011, Solothurn, Switzerland
Skillfully directed by Swiss filmmaker Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky who used her unique background of fine arts to present a remarkable film, full of interesting details.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History
Chad Freidrichs, USA, 2010, 83 minutes Pacific Cinémathèque, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
This historical film follows the 20 year saga of a public housing project in St. Louis, Missouri and takes the viewer on journey of hope and despair as the project is finally demolished. It is an excellent film which follows the ups and downs of post war American history; the moving stories of the marginalized residents of the project and a look at poverty and race.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History shows the viewer that nothing stays the same. It is a good film for those interested in history and social studies, documenting the growth and decline of cities.
Director Chad Freidrichs has worked for four years to complete The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History, his third feature film. He creates a powerful moving human story that takes a look at injustice and the treatment of the poor.
Ariadne Sawyer, MA Peak Performance Plus