WFC Botswana: March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads

I bought this documentary from this site, which turns out to be a Vimeo thing: You pay some money and then you can stream the film or download it, DRM-free. I did the latter, and the video quality is more than adequate: Better than DVD quality, I’d say. Some banding and artifacting, but not too distracting.

Anyway! This is a documentary about the Botswana metal scene. The selling point is obviously “Whaaa? Botswana? Metal? It cannot be!”, but it turns out that it can. The scenes with the fans reminded me a lot of documentaries about the New Romantic scene in London: Punters outdoing each other in outrageous dress. Fun!

The other half of the film is a basic band documentary about the band Wrust, and that was really frustrating. We finally get to hear them play live properly in the very final scene, but for the rest of the film we’re in “well, are they any good?” limbo. The film should have started with a fifteen minute excerpt from their show. I mean, if you’re doing a metal documentary, play some music, for fucks sake.

The final third half of this film consists of interview with various bands on the scene, and we sometimes get to hear snippets of their music in between all the talking.

PLAY MORE MUSIC.

So very unsatisfactory, even if the subject is interesting.

March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads. Raffaele Mosca. 2014. Botswana.

Rooibos Tea Punch

  • 3 parts strong cold rooibos tea
  • 3 parts peach juice
  • 1 part vodka
  • lemon slices
  • peach slices
  • mint leaves

Combine all ingredients and stir. Pour into an ice-filled glass.

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