I want to see Iron Crows, it looks rather depressing but I really like seeing depressing documentaries and watching them makes me feel a connection with the subjects, those people that I most likely will never interact with in my lifetime. Watching a film like Iron Crows does tend to make me feel that I have a greater understanding of the poverty-stricken & downtrodden (those who are so often portrayed in these social documentaries) even though I know that I will never truly understand what these peoples lives are like. These filmic experiences make me try to think of ways to help to make the world a better place, seeing other people’s awful circumstances makes me try harder to complain less, try not to be a baby (even though things are not 100% perfect here we have it a bit easier than these men do, surely), & be more compassionate towards my fellow man.
“Belal’s sorrow is hard to watch, and his insistence on remaining hopeful in spite of everything is heartbreaking.”
– From a NY Times review, full review here.
“…Perhaps the most important achievement of this powerful film is the courage, dignity and humility of our heroes trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of crushing poverty. This film is a tour de force!”
– IDFA 2009 Jury’s comment
IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival) synopsis of the film here.
Playing at Film Forum through August 30th, get your tickets here.
Or save it in your Netflix queue here.