Thursday, January 02, 2003

MARTIN SCORSESE (Gangs of New York) Of all the movies I've seen this year, the one that has stayed most strongly in my mind is Abbas Kiarostami's "ABC Africa." Shot on video, it's about Ugandan children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Another filmmaker might have concentrated on the suffering of the children, but Kiarostami instead captured the joy they are still able to feel. He made a cinematic poem on the human capacity to move beyond tragedy. It's an extraordinary moving picture.


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