Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Austria/Denmark/Germany. Dir. Ulrich Seidl. 2016, 90 mins. In German, English, Afrikaans with English subtitles. Austria’s master of unsettling provocation, whose films include Import, Export, Dog Days
, and The Paradise Trilogy
, returns with one of his most incendiary statements yet. Training his characteristically impassive camera on a group of European hunters on holiday in Namibia, Seidl records, with disquieting detachment, as they stalk and kill zebras, giraffes, and other big game for sport. By turns, disturbing and mesmerizing, this impossible-to-shake (and not-for-the-squeamish) documentary raises serious questions about colonialism’s legacy, the ethics of killing for recreation, and the nature of humans.
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