Daniel Nelson If empathy and imagination are not enough, Adrift: People Of A Lesser God should do the job of giving an idea of what it’s like to risk your life by taking a boat from Africa to Europe. Journalist Dominique Mollard’s documentary (released on DVD on 20 July) is an extraordinary chronicle, showing the hazards on land as well as water: venal and unreliable contacts as he tries to find a boat, corrupt police in league with traffickers, and dealers who may or may not be rip-off merchants. Revealing flashes of life. On water, it’s even more dangerous: unseaworthy vessels, crazy overcrowding, adulterated fuel that’s often a death penalty, inadequate navigation, desperate men ready to draw a knife over a disagreement, clapped out engines. The engine does cut out on [...]
from Daniel Nelson on Jul 19, 2015.