Highlighting Artivism: “Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame” during SIFF

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Romeo is Bleeding papers a producer who reworks Romeo and Juliet into a story about a ongoing squad fight in Richmond, California. (Photo pleasantness Seattle International Film Festival.)
“Romeo is Bleeding” papers a producer who reworks “Romeo and Juliet” into a story about a ongoing squad fight in Richmond, California. (Photo pleasantness Seattle International Film Festival.)

My dual must-see picks for a Seattle International Film Festival are “Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame.” Both are documentaries, one is set in Richmond, California, and a other is set in Kabul, Afghanistan. Both films tell together stories of fire, violence, temperament witness, and a energy of art as activism.

“Romeo is Bleeding” opens with a favourite Donte Clark, a immature black producer from Richmond, a city in Northern California’s East Bay. Clark is on a goal to request a ongoing story of a squad fight between Richmond and North Richmond by a compliance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” retold by oral word.

“From ancient hate mangle to new mutiny. With polite blood make polite hands unclean. Who won’t strengthen a children? Richmond is on glow and duke knows we all burning.”

“I’ve been essay given we was 11-years-old,” Clark says in a phone interview. “I started off essay raps and songwriting, mostly desirous by my brother, Derrick Clark.”

Derrick wrote a swat that Donte common during school, that became Donte’s initial knowledge with certain attention. “At a time we was going by a lot yet we didn’t have a lot of people we could pronounce to,” Clark says.

Clark would act out in disappointment and finish adult removing in difficulty with his teachers. But he detected is that he could take a really same emotions and issues that landed him in difficulty in propagandize and channel them into writing. “It showed me a energy of a art.”

This was a commencement of Clark’s double life: partial street, partial prep school. It was a latter that landed him a event to group up with his former English clergyman Molly Raynor to create RAW Talent, a Richmond-based teen oral word program. Raynor’s cousin, Jason Zeldes, destined “Romeo is Bleeding.”

The documentary focuses on a creation of Clark’s play “Te’s Harmony,” his reworked chronicle of “Romeo and Juliet,” as achieved and co-written in a implausible oral word pieces by a girl of RAW Talent. But a film covers so most more. It is a story of Donte Clark, a story of a bloody argument between Richmond and North Richmond—one in that Clark is inextricably related by friends and family—but also a story holding place in cities around a U.S. It’s a story about police, poverty, murder, blackness, a purpose of attention and a miss of environmental insurance in communities of color. It’s a story about grief, rage, and how it creativity can lead to transformation.

Frame by Frame follows 4 Afghan photographers and their efforts to request their nation following a finish of a Taliban regime and a breach on photography. (Photos pleasantness Seattle International Film Festival.)
Frame by Frame” follows 4 Afghan photographers and their efforts to request their nation following a finish of a Taliban regime and a breach on photography. (Photos pleasantness Seattle International Film Festival.)

Thousands of miles divided in another nation a story is different, yet channeling grief and fury into a artistic routine has a low parallel. “Frame by Frame” is a documentary about 4 Afghan print journalists: 2012 Pulitzer Prize leader Massoud Hossaini, Farzana Wahidy, Wakil Kohsar and Najibullah Musafar.

During a energy of a Taliban, all photography was prohibited. If a Taliban entered a home and found pictures, even those as harmless as photos from a wedding, they would destroy them, afterwards kick and infrequently incarcerate a members of a offending household.

With a attainment of a unfamiliar troops presence, people were authorised to take photos again, yet many people are still heedful of photography. The film starts with Hossaini using towards a still-burning destruction of a self-murder bombing. As he runs into a night in a conflicting instruction everybody else is going, he motions to a camera instigation a organisation to hurry.

“Be careful,” he tells them. “ We don’t wish anyone to consider we are terrorists.”

In an age when a line between terrorism and activism can turn blurred, both films display a risk in temperament declare creatively. In one stage Farzana Wahidy, famous for her singular and pleasing photography of women, goes to revisit a sanatorium bake sentinel to take cinema of women who have been victims of immolation.

The alloy there dances around a emanate before finally observant undisguised that she can't be authorised to take such cinema since even yet a Taliban is not in power, a sanatorium administration fears for their reserve and a reserve of a sanatorium itself.

What is taboo? What can be spoken, photographed, witnessed and repeated? When simply holding a print is adequate to incite a self-murder bombing, how can we build a career meaningful that we are usually protected as prolonged as a domestic winds continue to blow in your favor. With a exit plan in place for a unfamiliar soldiers, who knows that approach a winds will blow in Afghanistan.

Both “Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame” prisoner a clarity of doubt offset with a need to act, to pronounce energy to truth, to bear declare to all that has upheld in sequence to start to discern what probable destiny we could wish to live into. Whether producer or photojournalist, any walks a line between artist and activist, temperament declare and capturing an critical impulse in time, one when we contingency redefine a bounds of a humanity.

Both films poise a doubt of what a futures will be if a assault continues. Richmond is burning. Kabul is burning. Is it adult to us to put out a fires? Or are we too on fire?

In a commencement when people was throwing that pretension around we was observant we was an romantic and an artist,” says Donte Clark. “But now we demeanour during myself as a chairman who has a large heart, a lot of knowledge and a present from god, not usually to speak, yet to listen and empathise to write it down and make it plausible so everybody can be listened and accepted from a merciful way.”

Seattle International Film Festival uncover times

Frame by Frame

May 16, 2015 AMC Pacific Place 11 10 a.m.
May 17, 2015 AMC Pacific Place 11 6:30 p.m.
May 18, 2015 Lincoln Square Cinemas 3:30 p.m.

Romeo Is Bleeding

May 17, 2015 SIFF Cinema Uptown 5 p.m.
May 18, 2015 SIFF Cinema Uptown 3:30 p.m.

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