Predominantly the purpose of a documentary is to influence or persuade and having seen “The Act of Killing”, I now feel privileged through circumstance not to have been born into the corrupt mess that is Indonesia. This exquisite and intelligent portrayal of “robbers with ties” institution: the ‘Pancasila Youth’ army was the only true shock at this year’s Oscars, implausibly beaten by “20 Feet from Stardom”.
On the surface Zachary Heinzerling’s documentary follows the lives of a Japanese couple settled in New York but a study of a relationship based on artistic passion and talent is also present.
Winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, ‘20 Feet From Stardom‘ explores the first-hand accounts and experiences of several backing singers who have worked with the biggest names of the music industry – Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie to name a few. Meanwhile, revealing details from recording sessions with prominent musicians and producers to the lifestyle that revolves around being a ‘background singer’ exposing the treatment and attitude towards background singers. This engaging feature offers a perspective into the lives of the people you hear on the biggest songs of the music industry but don’t recognise.
An intense first-hand retelling of events that defined the Egyptian revolution, from Mubarak to Morsi the film captures the feelings of a whole nation in turmoil.