A day-trip of heart-breaking hopelessness (The Retrieval), surprising black humor (Pelmeni), almost scandalous (hi)story (Sex, Drugs and Taxation) and an important chronicle (Drapchi – The Nightingale of Tibet) left me wondering what’s wrong with us, people, what’s wrong with humankind.
While all these films are worth watching for one reason or another and will surely provoke different reactions, “Drapchi-The Nightingale of Tibet” seems to me of universal importance. In a personalized, visually and emotionally captivating manner, it conveys a message (or rather a set of messages) we all need to hear and be aware of. I, personally, wished Yiga’s voice, with its compelling beauty and strenght, would have been even more present throughout the narrative – her voice was to me the strongest means of telling the story. As much the film is personalized and specific, it unfolds a story much bigger than its main character, much significant than any of us. A film well deserving its place as a special screening at the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg and as a special screening for everyone of us.
* from the film The Retrieval