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African Film Festival 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
7:00 p.m. You All Are Captains
Oliver Laxe (Spain/Morocco, 2010)

“One of the rare movies in which action is imbued with thought, and in which the very process of thought seems to come to life.”—Richard Brody, New Yorker

(Todos vós sodes capitáns)You All Are Captains, the tender and surprising new film by Oliver Laxe, blurs fiction and documentary as it chronicles a young Spanish director’s attempt to make a film with a group of Moroccan children. When the children revolt, the film shifts from the city to the country, and takes up the children’s vision of what movies should be. Described by New Yorker critic Richard Brody as “a wise reflection about children, foreignness, and the cinema itself. Imagine something of a blend of François Truffaut’s Small Change and Day for Night, but with the intimacy of Abbas Kiarostami’s films about children.”

• (78 mins, In Arabic, French, Spanish, with English subtitles, B&W/Color, 35mm, From Northwest Film Forum)