Documentary about four poets who have been imprisoned breathes a contemplative atmosphere, with its poems, its music and the enigmatic ruin where the interviews were recorded.
Four poets: a Russian man, a Russian woman, a Rumanian and a Cuban. All four of them won the Poetry International Award of Honour for poets in captivity. Now, they are free and talk about their time in prison and in particular about their sensory perceptions: in jail, everything looks drab, it does not smell of woman, the Russian says, and never of youth, and the sounds are those of footsteps and bars. Director Marjoleine Boonstra interweaves the impressions into a universal portrait of confinement. The interviewees speak softly about a hard past, about the sorrowful but powerful way in which human dignity survived human cruelty. The documentary breathes a contemplative atmosphere, with the recited poems, the music and the images of an indefinable ruin where the interviews were shot.

Credits

Set geluid
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
Human
Distributor NL
Public Film

Title: Bela Bela - Ik heb het leven nodig
Year: 2001
Duration : 1 hour, 13 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2002

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