Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
"...The title makes explicit that this documentary takes the perspective of the volunteers of the humanitarian aid group Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which is perhaps wise: No one ever idealized the plight of victims of famine or genocide, but certainly some of us have been naively attracted to the combination of do-gooding and danger that defines volunteer work in geopolitical hot spots. Living in Emergency, then, is like a hard slap to the face: There is nothing remotely romantic about this grim depiction of two missions in Liberia and Congo in the mid-2000s..."
"...David Darg’s “Body Team 12” follows Garmai Sumo as she, along with her fellow Red Cross workers, remove dead bodies at the height of an Ebola outbreak in Liberia. It is, more often than not, thankless work, as family members clash with the medical professionals, wanting to bury their loved ones who are bound for the pyres in order to stop (or at least quell) the epidemic..."
"...The uproar over the lack of diversity at the Oscars may be grabbing all the headlines as awards season fully blooms, but there is plenty of diversity in the Short Documentary nominees, which – alas – showcase a spectrum of ways in which a society can marginalize, punish, and outright slaughter people of various ethnic backgrounds. David Darg’s “Body Team 12” follows Garmai Sumo as she and fellow Red Cross workers remove dead bodies at the height of an Ebola outbreak in Liberia..."
"...Donned in camouflage hot pants, Lysistrata (Parris) leads the call to arms. Lee and Chi-Raq co-writer and producer Kevin Willmott (C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America) have fashioned their cri de coeur about the rampant and ever-increasing numbers of murders in the city of Chicago after Aristophanes’ comedy from 411 BC, Lysistrata, though also through the real-life example of Leymah Gbowee, whose 2003 sex strike in Liberia helped end that country’s civil war..."
"...This isn’t the case, thank God, with Freetown, the second feature from Mormon director Batty (The Saratov Approach). The film is based on the “true story” of six LDS missionaries unlucky enough to be preaching the gospel in Monrovia, Liberia, just as civil war breaks out in 1989...."
"...This time, Brügger disguises himself as a shady businessman who has purchased a black-market ambassadorship from Liberia to the CAR This could make a terrifically disturbing doc in its own right, but for this "ambassador" it's only the start. Armed only with his ever-present shades, a few tiny cameras to capture the action (or lack thereof), and his paperwork (or lack thereof, again), Brügger untangles a ghastly daisy chain of sleaze that extends all the way from the Republic's highest political offices all the way back to a seemingly complicit E.U..."
"...This latest release from Drafthouse Films would make Joseph Conrad weep, as Brügger uses his freshly purchased diplomatic credentials to expose Africa's new heart of darkness – the foreign exploitation of the blood diamond fields of the Central African Republic. For Brügger, the strangest part of his adventure was that no one ever asked why a red-headed Dane was Liberia's consul to this embattled nation..."
"...AC: How did your experiences in the Korengal Valley differ from the other conflicts you've covered as a cameraman for The Devil Came on Horseback (about Darfur) and Liberia: An Uncivil War?..."
"...I was seven, she was four, we were living in an iron ore mining camp in the middle of the jungle in Mano River, Liberia, West Africa...."
"...Carr first made a splash at the Times by thumping the nose of traditional movie awards season coverage as the Carpetbagger, and then shot to notoriety as the author of the memoir The Night of the Gun, in which he recounted his years grappling with addiction. Carr is a scrapper, all right – it’s a kick watching him stop an interview with Vice magazine’s snarksters in its tracks to bitch out a Vice guy for saying something flippant about the Times’ coverage in Liberia – and Carr, who started tweeting at 52, is the living embodiment of the collision of old media and new..."
"...Kamara was born in Liberia in 1992, and his family was tossed from country to country in the Nineties – from Liberia to Sierra Leone to Guinea – fleeing a chain of violent civil conflicts. Kamara, his brother, and his parents ultimately landed in a United Nations refugee camp, where they received the assistance they needed to come to the U.S..."
"...Hypothetically, how the Bush Administration might handle the situation in Liberia, if it had been their idea:..."
"...21 issue, Mr. Smarty Pants wrote that the longest path one could walk in a straight line without hitting a lake, sea, or ocean begins by heading eastward from near Shanghai, ending on the Atlantic coast in Liberia..."
"...What is the longest straight line on Earth you can walk without getting your feet wet in a lake, sea, or ocean? Start in Shitangzhen, a Chinese coastal city just south of Shanghai, and walk east. Then arrive about six miles north of Greenville on Liberia's Atlantic coast..."
"...2) The Ivory Coast and the more interior parts of West Africa may not be Wakanda, exactly – especially as Wakanda's in East Africa – but, tell you what, the riches of rhythm found therein are no less magnificent than the technological wonders of the fabled MCU nation. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and neighboring places are where so many of the heartfelt beats of the entire world originated – and this Saturday afternoon you can experience them – and learn some of the methods yourself – at the Congo Square ATX drumming-and-dance celebration at The Vortex..."
"...Val Fleury (Monrovia, Liberia)..."
"...The U.S. got a hat trick from Tim Weah, son of former World Cup Player of the Year George Weah, who's currently in a run-off to become president of Liberia..."
"...These four laborers and the two others we meet in Tyler English-Beckwith's new drama TWENTYEIGHT are trying to finish a shuttle to carry them to the Liberian space station, an orbiting refuge for people of color in a time when life in the U.S. for them is even more oppressive and violent than it is now..."
"...From places around the world and the U.S., Johnson’s accumulated images can initially appear like a randomly presented curriculum vitae. Clips from international trouble spots like Yemen, Liberia, Kabul, and Jasper, Texas, are mixed with footage from a boxing gym in Queens, semiotician Jacques Derrida in Manhattan, a pregnant teen in Huntsville, Ala..."
"...EBOLA ARRIVES in the U.S., via a Dallas hospital patient recently returned from Liberia, who tested positive for the virus after exhibiting symptoms several days after arrival. The patient and others in contact with him have been quarantined, and the virus is not expected to spread...."