Documentary Short Review: February 1st (2021) By Leila Macaire and Mo Mo

Arrange as a mix of two visible diaries and a steady e-correspondence between the 2 filmmakers, “February 1st” makes an attempt to make sense of the coup in Myanmar, as a lot as of the nation as a complete, from two totally different views, one from the native’s and one from the vacationer’s.

“February 1st” screened at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema

The result’s a visually spectacular, experimental quick, which thrives on the antitheses that characterize the 2 filmmakers, however finds its apogee within the moments they current their similarities. In that style, the truth that Mo Mo wakened on February 1st, 2021 to seek out out that she has misplaced her freedom, feeling as “a foreigner in her personal nation” is juxtaposed with Leila’s journey within the nation a 12 months earlier than, and the truth that she found there a breath of freedom she had by no means identified earlier than. 

These feedback are introduced by means of a wide range of totally different footage. To start with, by means of many nonetheless photographs, that are introduced in slideshow style, accompanied by the narration of the 2 administrators. Afterward, by means of precise footage each of the nation and the eventual protests towards the regime and the three fingers that grew to become an emblem of unity of those that participated. The switching from one perspective to the opposite works fairly properly right here, as a lot because the sequence of footage, with the busy moments of the town being mixed with ones of calmness, as a really lovely one of many sea, and the extreme ones of the protests with an evening one specializing in a fireplace. 

In that style, Macaire’s modifying emerges as top-of-the-line features of the film, each for the order the varied footage are introduced, but additionally for the moderately quick tempo, which works fairly properly by way of the leisure the quick gives. The general method factors intently in direction of French cinema, however the entire thing works fairly properly, managing to spotlight each the variations and the similarities of the 2 ladies, whereas giving a common message about unity and the that means of freedom.

“February 1st” is a really fascinating quick that manages to be each experimental and fairly straightforward to look at. 



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