8:00 PM, 6th July, 2001
Documentaries aimed at a cinema market have begun to take on some of the stylistic elements and themes normally associated with blockbuster movies. Thus One Day in September a documentary detailing the horrific terrorist attack upon Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, has morphed into a thriller of the old style, with counting clock, sharp edgy editing and a thumping soundtrack. This slick presentation makes for interesting viewing and solid entertainment. The film employs a wide variety of images, ranging from lyrical home movie footage, to brutal crime scene photos. This eclectic style combined with minimal narration, and the constant thudding of the soundtrack makes for exciting cinema. You watch the clock, breathless to know the details of the next stage in the drama, but wanting to freeze time to avoid what you already know - there is no happy ending in this film.
8:01 PM, 6th July, 2001
The Terrorist follows the life of a 19-year-old girl,Malli (Dharkar), who is honoured when given the opportunity to become a suicide bomber. Sivan takes the viewer on a very dark journey. In a situation like this there can be no happy ending where both sides lay down their guns and embrace one another. Beautiful visuals from Sivan and a magnificent performance from Dharkar, who expresses an immense amount of emotion with very little dialogue, draw the viewer into Malli's world. This is certainly a powerful film which is worth coming along to.