The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL
(SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ÉCOLE)
2013, Pascal Plisson, France/China, 77 min.
“Beautifully photographed incredible journeys speak inspirational volumes."
— Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
"Epically heroic and timeless."
— Chris Packham, Village Voice
Just getting to school creates harrowing adventure and demands heroic stamina of four children living in Kenya, Morocco, Patagonia, and Bengal. Lush photography in breathtaking locales stands in incongruous contrast to the dangers involved in each child’s daily journey, documented over many miles of treacherous terrain, dodging stampeding elephants in Kenya, or on foot through high mountain passes in Morocco. Director Plisson eschews moralizing, allowing the children’s unflagging desire for education to speak for itself. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD
2014, George Hencken, UK, 110 min.
“Who'd have thunk the life and times of casual popsters Spandau Ballet could be so entertaining?...A funny, absorbing, trivia-filled portrait of friendship, the ’80s music biz and bad hair.”
— Ian Freer, Empire
Remember Spandau Ballet? The fop five with the grisly name (look it up) and the groovy threads jostled Duran Duran and Ultravox in the forefront of the New Romantic movement that succeeded Punk and flooded early MTV with flamboyant fashions and dreamy synth sounds. In her directing debut, longtime Julien Temple producer Hencken draws upon a wealth of superb archive footage and voiceover narration by all five Spands to trace the band’s North London working-class origins, key personalities (including Thatcherite lead singer Tony Hadley and now-renowned actor Martin Kemp), big hits (“True,” “Gold”), rivalry with Duran Duran, breakup, lawsuits, and tension-fraught reunion. DCP digital. (MR)