Tag: film review

The Albanian: A Timely Film

This past weekend I saw a recent German/Albanian narrative film entitled simply The Albanian.  Rarely have I seen a movie that confronts the fullest picture of the worldwide controversy regarding undocumented workers and illegal immigration.  While its sympathies are clearly with immigrants, it does not resort to cheap sentimentality or agitprop.  We recognize how the issue involves all the complications and tragedies of human lives.  Suffice it to say that the entire matter is much more complicated than we ever usually contemplate, even for those of us who support immigration reform and human rights.  

Energy Filmgoer: Carbon Nation

Sadly, the thirteen-day smorgasbord of the 2010 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital came to an end this Sunday.  

The festival ended with a bang: the world premiere of Carbon Nation, a film by Peter Byck and a (clearly) talented team.  This film had its genesis at the premiere of An Inconvenient Truth, with Byck and his colleagues committing themselves to do a film looking to solutions to the challenges that Global Warming represents.

Carbon Nation is  a documentary film about climate change SOLUTIONS.  Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just  don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that  illustrates how  SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social,  economic and national security issues. We meet a host of entertaining  and endearing characters along the way.

Entertaining … endearing … and exceptional.

Those same words can be used for the film itself.