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Dir. Michael Glawogger. 1998, 90 mins. This multi-city symphony journeys from Mumbai to Moscow to Mexico City to New York to tell what its subtitle calls “12 Stories of Survival.” Episodic snippets of life on the urban margins feature, among other figures, a junkie hustler, a dye sifter, and a nightclub stripper. Rejecting many of the rules and conventions of documentary film, Glawogger incorporates several plainly staged sequences and, even in the face of squalid conditions and harsh realities, retains an experimental and exploratory approach to form and an emphasis on visual poetry, even majesty.

Preceded by:

Street Noise

1981, 9 mins.

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