tv Arts and Culture Deutsche Welle May 9, 2019 7:45pm-8:01pm CEST
for the fifty eighth time this year's venice the anonymous is intended not to send messages but rather to raise questions. and british the rama says to edmund deval is also at the be a nala and brings his remarkable library of exile and his passion for porcelain to venice. but first we had to southern germany where the dock fest munich kicked off on wednesday and that's an international film festival devoted entirely to documentaries and one hundred fifty nine films for over fifty countries it's also one of the biggest of its kind in europe well a big theme this year is the tenuous relationship we have with our planet and so we've picked out a few highlights. from the raven tells the story of a small town dealing with the promise of industrial boom and the need to protect the environment. people take a decision on where they have no spiritual connection to be no aggression
whatsoever good peace a community. these fields. for us she once told a doctor here. tankers only pushed will be coming. what can you do. course exposes the massive financial players who turn affordable housing markets into tradeable commodities the documentary focuses on the work of human rights lawyer. that must've been a time when somehow you know if you want to come to the city you had a job in the city you could live in. are not creating wealth actually just taking wealth. for somebody like they had maxed out. for
a job front of big advantages. no regulation deregulation. there's a loss of drawing out the because nobody was looking. and now we all can. and i throughly. high seas adventure when conservationists go off to one of the world's most notorious poaching vessels chasing. under this is a bob barker you are fishing illegally. character. some harrowing images there and my colleague melissa holroyd has joined me in the studio welcome melissa you've come to talk to us about chasing thunder first of all that looks like a real cliffhanger but what exactly is going on it's
a terribly exciting film it's a real eco thriller if we're allowed to call it that it's directed by mark benjamin and mach eleven it's making its german debut at the munich documentary festival the crew are on the lookout for six poaching vessels and they come across the most notorious of the poaching vessels the fonda they've been illegally who have been illegally fishing for more than a decade the poachers of course cause untold damage in the oceans around the world the film ends in spectacular fashion and i think i'm allowed to say this because it's in the trailer and it's working out in us without fully with the captain sinking his own ship unbelievable stuff that we saw there not the sea shepherds are the ones doing the chasing and something that they've got a bit of an infamous reputation they do well they have their origins in green paste and then they went their separate ways from greenpeace because they thought that greenpeace for a little bit too soft little bit too easy on their tactics so that really tells us
something about how what sort of groups they out ok. and you were going to tell me about the communication i think on the oh yeah i mean one one of the ways the documentary builds tension is that it focuses on the communication between the two captains of the two sea shepherd vessels. and between the captain of the fonda so it really helps in between those and that's also where a lot of the human lies in the documentary because this banish speaking captain is just so extraneous ahead of us maverick. it's more than a maverick you need to forget forget that you're actually watching a documentary film now let's let's have a quick look at you brought us the second example push because this problem of affordable housing is a problem that we're definitely seeing everywhere yet affordable housing is a global problem cities around the world are all having the same problem and push examines that it's ultimately a very depressing situation. is she stands as
a beacon of hope in the story she's a a straight talking and tireless figure for the past three years she's been the u.n. special repertoire on adequate housing. yeah that's right yes she's it's directed by award winning swedish director fredricka get and who's also done a lot of work on global medicine in justice he made but nona's and box this is cause they both went down very well get an follows for over a year on the one hand the film exposes this desperate situation but on the other hand it's a really terrific call to action see if we can get just quickly to the third one which speaks to my heart because the will of the raven was of course made in canada was yeah the film is set on canada's rough west coast it's an observational documentary you really get a sense of this observational documentary in terms of how the documentary ends up playing out it chronicles the profound relationship between the first nation peoples relationship between the environment and especially with whales and how
they cope then when the big investors come to town the whale and the raven of course that made by german director i believe yeah maybe i need to lose this is his second feature length length film it's visually spectacular as in the picture is also behind the camera and the shots are just absolutely incredible unbelievably great visuals and very provocative stuff the doc fest munich on until may nineteenth was the whole right thank you very much for bringing us those insights. well speaking of provocative on saturday the fifty eighth venice be a knowledge kicks off and this year organizers say the event will feature works that address a world in turmoil and that artists have been specifically encouraged to raise a lot of questions here's a pic of. the fifty eighth edition of the venice be an olive is called may you live in interesting times that's intended more as a message to visitors than as an all encompassing model for this spectacular art
festival featuring works from ninety nations much of it displayed in competing national privilege it's. one of the works on display is a machine presented by chinese artist soon young and pun new the tries in vain to clean up a red liquid. artist's live in the same world we did they read the days they respond to things but there are no themes in this being now so yes i think art. is social but in a different way then. surely as a rule or history or through apology. that approach is how we experience the of. the work that has attracted most attention though is this ship wreck it was transported to venice by sea the fishing vessel sank off the libyan coast in two
thousand and fifteen with more than one thousand refugees on board if you survived being. swiss artist christophe blowhole has installed it for the duration of the be an olive in a prominent position in venice harbor. the job of artists is to raise questions about things and to raise questions about how we look at things about the categories we used to order our world. and then. the workers have to us to. develop a message. once again there's plenty food for thought at the venice biennale. also making an appearance at this year's the analogy is britain's edmund divide the world famous ceramicist and a best selling author and it's perhaps only fitting that he'll have two exhibitions in venice one expanding on his exploration of literature and exile and the other
featuring his trademark porcelain vessels a material the virtues of which he simply can't extol enough as we learned on a visit to his studio. has shaped edwin devolves life it started when he made his first points at the age of just five his fascination for the white earth continues to grow half a century later. who wouldn't adore. worship's porcelain as the perfect material not only because it's a deceptively pure substance solid translucent hard and fragile but also because it was a desirable commodity and traveled the globe connecting people you have to start looking for opportunities to rebuild empathy. you know and my job
my my job which is why i come to work you know to make things which are i hope beautiful and builds connections between things we've lost and things that we can build that's that's why that's why i get up in the morning. visitors to develop the london studio are invited to touch the way that the answers to those worked with for twenty five years. it's not just about the vessels but also about the spaces between and around. but like behind me i mean if you see see a group of. vessels or which of course are just empty spaces away are. in a line that sounds to me it's like work. so i'm making poetry with pop. divans other great passion is reading and writing books.
and in the hair with amber eyes he told the story of his jewish family his grandparents fled from the nazis to england now deval considers britain's push to leave the e.u. to be nationalistic and a disgrace. to put two thousand years you know we have depended from we've depended on people moving across borders writing in different languages bringing with them cultures which aren't native to to to what we experience and then that we enjoy these and reinvigorate this for the venice be an art here's created a monument to the world's exiles deval has placed his library of exiles in venice is former jewish ghetto two thousand books written by exiles on display in a reading room coated in porcelain it pays tribute to those who culturally enriched their new homes including devours own. and it's
intended also to be a place of reflection and exchange so you need to bring all the time with you if you're heading to venice will be an olive oil run until november so we'll have lots more from venice in the coming weeks and months and of course more on the website but that our time is coming to an end all the best from us here in berlin he doesn't.
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