Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: ‘Last Hijack’ review

★★★☆☆ In a world where abstract emotions like fear and terror have been distorted to mobilise society against an invisible foe, pirates have become the latest bogeymen of Western cinema. In Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting’s Last Hijack (2014), we’re offered the opportunity to explore behind the headlines and experience Continue Reading

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: ‘Concerning Violence’ review

★★★★★ Illustrating the provocative and combative concepts of Martinique-born Afro-French psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon’s anti-colonial text The Wretched of the Earth, Göran Hugo Olsson’s Concerning Violence (2014) aims to explore Africa’s subjugated past in hope of understanding the continent’s current geopolitical condition. An abrasively worded thinkpiece, Olsson’s follow-up to Continue Reading

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: ‘Regarding Susan Sontag’ review

★★★☆☆ Susan Sontag, a formidable voice on American politics and culture, once said of cinema: “Movies preserve the past, resurrect the beautiful dead.” In Nancy D. Kates’ demonstrative documentary Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), Sontag’s highly eloquent and confrontational voice is resurrected, allowing the audience to explore the life of a Continue Reading