Mathieu Kassovitz, director of 1995’s "La Haine," surely the most famous (and ever more relevant) film about the Parisian banlieue, has written about the riots on his website, a statement that was partially picked up and published in the Guardian:
As much as I would like to distance myself from politics, it is difficult to remain distant in the face of the deprivations of politicians. And when these deprivations draw the hate of all youth, I have to restrain myself from encouraging the rioters.
More from David Hudson at Greencine Daily.
At the New York Times, Caryn James argues that the supposed political neutrality avowed by "Jarhead" and "Over There" ultimately hurt them: "[W]hile both works are grippingly realistic in different ways, they would have gained emotional power and relevance if they had embraced the political attitudes that subtly creep in anyway." But Craig Philips at the newly launched Filmshi news site sees "Jarhead," along with "Paradise Now" and "Turtles Can Fly," as gaining power from their refusal to politicize the narratives they depict.
And David Halfbinger at the New York Times looks at James D. Stern‘s currently in post-production doc on the 2004 presidential election: "The question, of course, is just how many people will want to relive that fight."
+ More about La Haine (Guardian)
+ Is Paris Burning? (Greencine Daily)
+ In Theaters and on Television, Marketing the Illusion of War Without Politics (NY Times)
+ Explore the
fractured state of the Middle East through the eyes of three 2005 films
Paradise Now, Turtles Can Fly, & Jarhead. (Filmshi)
+ Is There a Hit Film in the Battle for Ohio? (NY Times)