Two amazing films at the Imagine Film Festival: Jodorowsky's Dune (2013), a documentary by Frank Pavich about Jodorowsky's film Dune that was supposed to 'give LSD hallucinations without LSD,' which he started to develop in the early 1970s as a spiritual journey into the gallaxy. Jodorowsky collaborated with Moebius, Giger, Dan O'Bannon, Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, Glorai Swanson, Salvador Dali, Amanda Lear, Giger, Pink Floyd, Magma and many other 'big warriors' that committed to the project. See an interview and trailer of this film that was never made but that has left its fingerprints everywhere in Hollywood. Most admirable is Jodorowsky's own spirit. This film is the best introduction to continue the fantastic journey with Jodorowski's last film based on his autobiography, La Danze della Realidad. Images and thoughts worthwhile to contemplate and that will stay with you for a long time.
Discovery of Carrie Mae Weems incredibly powerful photography at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The images here are details of the photo series Colored People 1989-1990. Blue Black Boy. Magenta Colored Girl. Golden Yella Girl. Red Bone Boy. Heartbreaking is also the series From Here I Saw Waht Happened and I Cried ((1995-1996). See the link to Cariie Mae Weems website for the full series and for more of her work.
The Stuart Hall Project (2013). John Akomfrah's hommage to the life and work of Stuart Hall consists of carefully selected and composed unique archival material of Stuart Hall's important contributions to political and cultural life in the twentieth century. Akomfrah's installation The Unfinished Converstation (2012) places Hall's life and work dynamically in relation to his family background and world history. John Akomfrah's commentary on The Unfinished Conversation for the Tapie Biennale is also very beautifully articulated.
Nabil Ayouch's film Les Chevaux de Dieu (2012) follows two brothers who live in Sidi Moumen, a poor neighborhood in Casablanca over the course of a decade that lead up to the terrorist attacks that took place in Casablanca in 2003. Another great film in the New Moroccan cinema programme in EYE, organized by Fouad Laroui. Ayouch worked with non-professional actors, created an intense, subtle and complex story of the (micro and macro) traumas that can lead to fundamentalist choices. Really worthwhile watching, thinking about and discussing. See here for a trailer of the film.
Laila Marrakchi's beautiful second film Rock the Casbah as part of the New Moroccan Cinema in EYE. Intelligent drama with humor and subtle political moments. Some excerpts of the film can be seen online. Strong acting of Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass and Omar Sharif as (grand)father and ghost.
Just a long time favorite. Antony and the Johnsons. Crazy in Love and Epilepsy is Dancing. Swann Lights and Cut the World. Video of this last song with Carice van Houten and Maria Abramovic.