Another Night on Earth
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Another Night on Earth

Another Night on Earth takes another look at the Arab Spring.

Another Night On Earth 2

DIRECTED BY DAVID MUNOZ (Spain, International Spectrum)
2 5stars


SCREENINGS:

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

Thursday, May 2, 9:45 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

Friday, May 3, 4:00 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)


David Muñoz’s Another Night on Earth aims to get at the heart of the Arab Spring by taking a back seat—quite literally. The documentary unfolds over nights in 12 different Cairo taxi cabs. The passengers leave, but the camera never does. It’s a powerfully simple idea, but unfortunately the chance encounters reveal too much. They lack any real cohesion.

Filmed shortly after Hosni Mubarak was forced from power in Egypt, all of the conversations are politically loaded. They touch on gas prices, lack of jobs, and women’s rights. (In one conversation, a young boy says he plays for FC Barcelona in video games, a European influence that rankles the cabbie.) Though the conversations are frank and sometimes funny, they’re too scattershot for a viewer to become truly invested in them. The aim of the doc may be to resist stereotypes, but its broad approach ends up being a hindrance.


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