WFC Solomon Islands: A Passage to Anuta

Yeah, yeah, another Youtube short that isn’t very grounded in the ostensible subject country.

Finding films from these Pacific islands states is really, really difficult, and I’d much prefer real movies, not matter how bad (and I’ve seen some very bad films in this series) than these documentary shorts, but…

And does anybody know whether there’s a mode to make Google Geocharts display at least one single pixel for these small countries? It may not be accurate, but having to hand-draw in those circles is whack. (Although these islands did show up, for a change.)

Oh! This film. It’s about some guys sailing to the Solomon Island.

Representative line from the narration:

“Zack baked some pretty bomb cheddar jalapeno bread.”

I think they had a good time. It’s well edited. It’s not very Solomon Islandish (that’s word).

A Passage to Anuta. Jacob Ells. 2014. Solomon Islands.

Solomon Island Cocktail

  • 2 parts cherry brandy
  • 3 parts gin
  • 2 parts Triple Sec
  • 6 parts pineapple juice

Shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.

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WFC Costa Rica: Del amor y otros demonios

I was unable to find this on DVD or via any of the streaming services with English subtitles, so I had to resort to *ahem* crowd-sourcing. The aspect ratio is slightly off, but I couldn’t figure out how to de-squash-o-vision it, so everybody look kinda skinny.

This is a very languid film. Which is something that I usually enjoy watching, but for some reason I didn’t connect with the film at all. I have no idea why: The actors are fine, the cinematography is good, and it’s based on a Gabriel Garcia Marques novel. Should be great, huh?

So it might just be me, but:

Of Love and Other Demons. Hilda Hidalgo. 2009. Costa Rica.

Mamadita

  • 1 part Amaretto
  • 1 part Amarullo
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • cream
  • sugar

Whip the cream with sugar. Shake the first three ingredients with ice. Pour into a tall class. Top with the whipped cream.

(The original recipe has Bailey’s instead of Amarullo, but I seemed to have run out of Bailey’s.

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WFC São Tomé og Príncipe: Mionga ki Ôbo: Mar e Selva

This is a Youtube find. It’s a very personal and intimate documentary about São Tomé (and Príncipe).

I’m a sucker for Portuguese, but I don’t think that explains quite why I found this documentary so engrossing. It’s just seems so honest and real.

All thumbs up.

Mionga ki Ôbo: Mar e Selva. Ângelo Torres. 2005. São Tomé og Príncipe.

Cachaça Punch

  • 4 parts cachaça
  • 2 parts simple syrup
  • 3 parts orange juice
  • sparkling wine

Pour into glass, add some slices of orange and lemon and stir. Add ice.

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WFC Congo: The Man Who Mends Women

I had to join the Urban Movie Channel on Amazon to watch this film.

It’s not a very urban film. Could there be a euphemism in play here!??!!

And apparently that channel doesn’t offer downloading films before watching them, or something? As a result, bits of this film are completely artifact-o-rama. But most bits are fine.

Man, this was hard to watch, and not because of the video quality. It’s about girls and women (in Congo) who have been raped. It’s an unflinching documentary; horrific images flutter past on the screen, which makes this film an excellent opportunity to mostly look out the window.

Hey, it’s raining again!

It’s a very good, originally told documentary, but the atrocities keep coming, verbally and visually. I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody.

(And… uhm… I think this film might be from the other Congo, and not the Brazzaville Congo that I was aiming for? This is so confusing.)

The Man Who Mends Women. Thierry Michel. 2015. Congo.

Dawa

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 6 cl vodka
  • crushed ice
  • 1 whole lime, quartered with skin on
  • 1 wooden stick, twisted in honey

Put the lime and sugar into a glass. Muddle slightly. Add ice, vodka and honey stick. Swirl stick according to taste.

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WFC Niger: Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet

A rare French DVD that includes English subtitles. Which reminds me of this comment on imdb about a completely different film:

Film. It’s just a shame that the French are killing the African film industry. Why is it so hard to get copies of these films???? What acan we do to help African filmmakers break the French stranglehold on their work and distribute their films widely???

This is both completely unfair and cogent at the same time. The reason that there are so many African films available in France is that the French finance an co-produce a buttload of African films. Accusing the French of killing the African film industry is pretty absurd in that light.

But when the French duly release DVDs of these African films, they virtually never include English subtitles, which I just find very strange. Doing so might not increase the number of DVDs sold radically, because the worldwide demand for these films isn’t exactly huge. But it would make it possible for weirdos like me and the person quoted above to sample these films. And it’s not like it’s that expensive to supply subtitles: For a few of these films, after discovering that there are no subtitles, I’ve had to resort to downloading torrents of the films, and they often have user-supplied subtitles.

So the French/African film situation is frustrating for people who have some interest, but don’t know French.

Anyway! This is a very noisy and boisterous French/Niger-ian film from 1974. I think what they’re going for is a classic road movie structure where our intrepid heroes set out on a journey, and then zany, inexplicable things happen.

The problem is just… there’s so much shouting and arguing that it’s offputting. I’m guessing it’s mostly improvised, and I’m guessing the instructions from the director was “take everything to 11! drama! all the time!” And I was exhausted after ten minutes.

It settles down after a while. There are bits that are interesting, but it feels mostly pretty aimless. It reminds me a bit of The Bed Sitting Room, for some reason.

Cocorico! Monsieur Poulet. Jean Rouch. 1974. Niger.

North African Sage n’ Green Tea

  • green tea
  • sage leaves
  • sugar
  • rum

Steep the green tea and the sage leaves for five minutes. Add sugar and rum and pour into a small glass.

(I added the rum to the recipe.)

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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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WFC Comoros: جزر القمر

This is an episode of the Duroob documentary series found on Youtube.

I don’t know what country the TV series is from, really. It could be Saudi Arabia, I guess. It starts off oddly, with the presenter giving a speech about Allah’s Infinite Earth; sort of coaxing the audience to care about the documentary.

And then we’re off to Comoros, that tiny island nation between Madagascar and mainland Africa.

It’s a very prefessional documentary: Nicely show and edited and not annoying at all.

But it’s so weird! Normally in documentaries like this you get to see all the sights and the beaches and everything. The majority of this is filmed indoors and we get what seems to be a folk etymology lesson in the Comori (that’s a word) language, and then we learn a bit about grinding make-up.

It’s like they didn’t have permission to film in public or something.

So odd.

But I liked it. It’s interesting and amusing and the presenter is very engaging.

Duroob Season 2 Episode 1: Comoros. Unknown. 2016. Comoros.

Vanilla Margarita

  • 3 parts vanilla liqueur
  • 4 parts silver tequila
  • 2 parts lime juice

Shake with ice. Strain into a Martini glass.

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