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No Man’s Land, Danis Tanovic (2001)

Simplistic but effective parable set in Bosnia 1993 about civil war, and the role of the media in shaping reality. The first half is about these “enemies”–who knew the same girls in high school–being trapped in a trench together and coming to a kind of peace. The second, longer half is about how the rapacious media and smug U.N. try to elucidate and solve problems but only exacerbate them. Cf. Fernando Arrabal‘s Picnic on the Battlefield (1961).

09.06.02

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