Critics are noticing “Ikland”, powerful new documentary from Spectacle Films
NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IKLAND, the compelling new Spectacle Films documentary from directors Cevin Soling and David Hilbert, is quickly gaining ground as one of the most talked-about films of the year. Having recently completed a run at Greenwich Village’s Quad Cinema, IKLAND has garnered positive reviews from the likes of Variety, The New York Times and The Village Voice, among others.
IKLAND reveals producer/director Cevin Soling’s perilous journey to Northern Uganda to learn whether anthropologist Colin Turnbull’s 1972 assertion that the Ik were the ‘worst people in the world’ was indeed true. The result is a powerful account of Soling and his team of cinematographers, audio technicians, guides, educators, interpreters, handlers, and helpers, struggling through war-torn regions of deepest Africa.
The trek featured tense encounters with armed highwaymen, wild animals, and ultra-violent Ugandan rebels. Soling eventually finds the remote and hermitic tribe, and, in the end, lessons are learned and myths are shattered, on both sides.
The film was a recent winner in the documentary category at The Boston Film Festival. It also features a haunting soundtrack by musician Sacha Lucashenko, who has worked with Soling in the past.
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Here are what some of the critics are saying, so far…
“Their adventures (are shown) in colorful banks of images that dance across the screen like postcards from the edge of civilization… Mr. Soling is an unconventional explorer…”
Jeanettie Carsoulis/THE NEW YORK TIMES
“…a great new film that you should know about.”
Chris Mooney/DISCOVER MAGAZINE
“A remarkable work of indie craftsmanship. The forgotten people who point the way to the forgotten side of the Western world.”
Ron Wilkinson/MONSTERS AND CRITICS
“…Documentarian Cevin Soling set out to discover the Ik for himself, and his motley crew’s perilous trek through war-ravaged Uganda eloquently explains why he was the first to do so in 40 years.”
“A work of enormous humanity and a reminder that anthropology textbooks are often more a study of the author’s savagery than those under his microscope.”
Louis Proyect/REC ARTS MOVIE REVIEWS
“An odd travelogue in which an amateur ethnographer sets out to correct a pro’s errors, Cevin Soling and David Hilbert’s Ikland benefits from ample one-on-one time with its subjects…”
John DeFore/HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
SOURCE Spectacle Films