Monthly Archives: January 2013

State crime cosmetics

In this day’s tumult brought about by Katrina Halili’s portrayal of herself, the shootings at Mega Mall, piling of missed meet-ups, upcoming elections, tons of timeline-less projects, and my itching kurikong, here’s Yin Liang‘s Film-docu When Night Falls (2012), to which my guts tell me share the trailer! share it!

I wish the film be screened in the Philippines, in UPD perhaps, and in the whole wide cinemaverse. Read praises from Richard Brody of  The New Yorker here, and here:

“The first ingenious twist to Ying’s movie is that it focusses on the mother of the accused, played by the actress An Nei, and looks closely at her actions and experiences in the two days following her release, when all of her time and energy went to her efforts to help her son (who is not a dramatized character in the film and is only seen in still photographs). Ying depicts the immediate interest of activists in the case, one of whom reveals that Ai Weiwei posted about the case and explains that many “netizens” are among her supporters. Another activist turns up with a video camera to chronicle Wang’s confrontation with the legal system (even bringing it to the courtroom in which two judges announce the order for Yang’s execution) and declares that the judicial proceedings are a mere cosmetic to mask state crimes.

In “When Night Falls,” Ying’s direction is even more severely controlled and precise; it’s as if his tensely concentrated attention to Wang and the minutiae of her quest, including her carefully handwritten legal filings and her quest to photocopy and mail them, calls more clamorous attention to the entire silenced world of political pressure, manipulations, decisions—the entire dehumanized yet despicably human mechanism of power—to which she and her son are subjected.”

This other video
is quiet longer, and it includes interviews with Ying, saying:

“I discovered that life is more tragic since I began making films. Reality is more tragic than film, so why make a film?”