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Shout from a wounded globe

Regissør: Sasha Friedland Cynthia Wade

A disturbing documentary from a disaster-prone area shows what can happen if the natural devastation is allowed to continue.

The documentary Grits tactile sensuality is passionate from the first second: Dramatic images of smoke, danger and blazing clay produce mythological resonance about the downfall of civilization. We are in Sidoarjo in East Java, the site of the disaster that hit Indonesia in 2006. The view shows an endless, eruptive poison pool. A wide range of silhouettes look towards the horizon, with heads and bodies thickly covered in clay. A toothy maiden face provides a long-awaited contrast to the smoking inferno: Dian at fourteen, who was just six when her lush world went to shreds, as it did for everyone she knows.

Pompeii of today

Dian is unusually young to give these victims a voice. She represents the innocence of young people, but also the growing revolt of the rising generation against injustice and awkward attempts to limit the clay waves. . .

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Ellen Lande
Lande is a film writer and director and a regular writer for Ny Tid.

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