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2 Days Left To See Meditative Ugandan Doc "Where Are You Taking Me?" In 1-Week NYC Run

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 6, 2012 1:09 PM
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Just a reminder... you've got 2 days left (well, 3, if you include today) to see this NYC.

A recap...

Last year, I highlighted filmmaker Kimi Takesue's impressive ITVS Futurestates short project That Which Once Was

Fast-forward almost a year later, as Kimi's feature documentary project titled Where Are You Taking Me, will theatrically debut In NYC, for a 1-week run from March 2-8 at Anthology Film Archives, distributed by Icarus films.

The doc has had a prestigious film festival circuit run, premiering at the Rotterdam Film Festival, followed by the Los Angeles Film Festival (in competition), as well as MoMA's Documentary Fortnight.

Here's a synop for the 72 minute film:

Kimi Takesue’s lyrical, observational documentary takes us to the streets, shops and countrysides of post-civil war Uganda, painting a portrait of a country rediscovering its human connections in peacetime. Eschewing a journalistic discussion of wartime atrocities and losses, Takesue allows such contextual information to quietly enter the frame, as her roving camera quietly observes the negotiations, rhythms and cycles of daily life in a new Uganda.

Reviews from Variety, The Village Voice and other outlets have been strong. I haven't seen it yet, but I will when it opens here in NYC.

I haven't been able to see it yet; I'm working to get someone else to do it though, because my plate is overflowing right now.

Check out a teaser trailer below, which gives us a gliimpse of the film's aforementioned observational doc style:

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  • Terri Francis | March 9, 2012 8:42 AMReply

    I saw this last night and I really enjoyed the observational, meditative and formalist approach: patterned market square seen from above, incandescent white tuxedos, three nearly identical people at sowing machines stitching purple cloth, fire cut to water, faces unmarred and delicate. The weight-lifting contest was extraordinary. Many shots questioned the audience viewing the film and the filmmaker. Direct address is important here because we are doing the observing via the filmmaker but the film also observes us. That's where the question "Where are you taking me?" comes from. Two of the sources ask a variation of where are you taking us. People notice the camera and move on. Fixed camera: people on bicycles ride into the frame and then out of the frame. So you reflect on the relationship between the filmmaker and the people seen in the film. Who is this person? And who are we to be watching this? There is some break-dancing so there is a performance element -- but it seems important that the movie resists conventional narration. The closing shots are reflexive, beguiling, troubling. The title is a question from the audience too -- where are you taking me and where are we now that we've watched this? And this question is extremely important given all what is going on in and about Uganda right now. Experimental films always always raise questions of purpose, process and audience -- why are we looking at this, what is it and how was it made and who can/will/should or shouldn't look at this.

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