JEAN ZIEGLER, THE OPTIMISM OF WILLPOWER

 

Price:

DVD with PPR _ $280

 

Subjects:

 

Political Science I Sociology

 

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Synopsis

 

"A child who dies from hunger is a murdered child." Jean Ziegler, Vice President of the Advisory Committee of the UN Right Council.

An in-depth documentary on the charismatic and controversial sociologist, professor and best-selling author Jean Ziegler and his endless belief in socialism. With intimate access we witness Ziegler's battle against poverty and for economical independence of developing countries. Ziegler's books have been translated into many languages and distributed worldwide.

Quotes

 

"...This is how, through the filmmaker's lens, we see Ziegler; his image fracturing into innumerable pieces and losing itself in the complexity of a man with a thousand (hidden) faces. When Ziegler approaches the glassed-in slab holding the stretcher on which Che's corpse was laid, his body folds, his image, reflected in the glass, superimposed on that of the stretcher as if he were longing to take Che's place. Despite all his hard-fought efforts, the regret of never having set foot on the battlefield needles Ziegler like an invisible wound, inflaming a sense of guilt that he will never overcome. Wadimoff tells us what Ziegler doesn't want to reveal, using a language, film, known only to him. To take on Jean Ziegler through the medium of words would have been an impossible task, and so it is through film that the director closes in on his subject. Incapable of countering this thrust, Ziegler is conquered, acquiring a hue of humanity that suits him just perfectly."

by Giorgia Del Don on cineuropa.org

Film Info

 

2016 I 92 mins I Switzerland, France

Credits

Director_Nicolas Wadimoff

Producer_Emmanuel Gétaz

Production Company_Dreampixies

Co-Production Company_RTS

Cinematographer_Camille Cottagnoud

Editor_Karine Sudan

Music_Bill Laswell

Sound_Carlos Ibañez-Diaz

 

Festivals

Locarno

Fespaco

FIFF Namur

Französische Filmtage Tübingen

RIDM

 

 

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