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SACRIFICE / LEPER / SKY BURIAL: 3 FILMS BY ELLEN BRUNO
"It's the depth of Bruno's commitment-not to abstract principles of liberal idealism, but to flesh-and-blood people-that creates tension within her films." -Village Voice
"Her work takes risks with form to imply that individual suffering and transcendence are but particles in a river of spiritual energy that dwarfs geography and time." -New York Times
½ "These unusual and moving films...are all imbued with a profound, humanistic vision of the world and its people, and rendered with the compassion and clear eye we expect from the best documentary filmmakers." -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "Riveting...a social activist incensed by the human rights abuses she's witnessed, [Bruno] seems to inspire in her subjects an openness toward the camera" -Chicago Reader
Ellen Bruno is an independent filmmaker of spectacular courage and artistry. Filming in the Far East, she records secret worlds whose existences are known, first-hand, by only a handful of Westerners - in part, because it is easier and safer to simply ignore such disturbing truths. Sacrifice examines the selling of Burmese girls (some as young as 12) into prostitution in Thailand; Leper travels to Nepal to meet a society of lepers in a remote village, victims of a disease that has ravaged people's lives since ancient times; Sky Burial records a Tibetan monastery ritual in which corpses are consumed by huge vultures, allowing the cycle of life to continue as the spirits of the deceased merge with the sky. (Film Forum)
Directed by Ellen Bruno, U.S.A., 1998-2005, BetaSP, Total Running Time: 85 mins. In English, Burmese, Thai, Nepali and Tibetan with English subtitles.