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.


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Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
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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