"Where to begin?" writes Charles Mudede in this week's Festive column. "The Northwest Film Forum's N-E-X D-O-C-S series, which features innovative documentaries from around the world, is simply packed with brilliant things, striking images, innovative narrative forms."
Read Charles's rave reviews of three films in the series—People's Park, Trash Dance, and Public Hearing—here.
However, N-E-X-D-O-C-S has so much good stuff, we didn't have room to praise it all in the paper. Here's Dave Segal's review of Death Metal Angola.:
Death metal—an extreme form of rock birthed in the US in the’80s—is an unlikely catalyst of morale boosting in Angola, a southern African nation devastated by civil war in the late 20th century. Jeremy Xido’s documentary centers on the Herculean efforts of Sonia Ferreira—who also runs the Okutiuka orphanage—and guitarist/vocalist Wilker Flores to hold Angola’s first rock festival. (“[Our music] is a scream in revolt,” explains Flores.) It’s surprising and amusing to see rock—and one of the whitest strains of it, no less—fire the hopes of 21st-century black Africans. But these Angolan death-metal bands shred righteously, and once more the regenerative power of music is reaffirmed. (DAVE SEGAL)
N-E-X-D-O-C-S runs at Northwest Film Forum from June 21-26. Full info here.