We Come As Friends
First screened in September 2015
Director: Hubert Sauper. Documentary about the referendum by which South Sudan declared itself an independent state in 2011, and the complex of oil prospects, political competitions, infrastructural problems, and abject poverty that threaten its existence. Twitter Capsule:
Like Darwin's Nightmare, disorienting blend of cause-effect journalism and formally-echoed chaos. I get it now.
Sauper is one of the few documentarians who can make seeming disorganization pack a punch, and even sell it persuasively as a style. Eye-opening, if also purposefully opaque.