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Time Out saysProduced for the 30th anniversary of Amnesty International, this comprises 30 'film letters' concerning 30 cases of human rights abuse in 30 countries worldwide (though Greece and the UK are the only Europeans in the dock). Even here - especially here - auteur principles apply, and the imaginative minimalism of Depardon (Colombia) or the lucidity of Resnais (Cuba) prove more effective as argument, never mind as cinema, than say the glib Hubert (Greece) or self-conscious Leconte (Russia) segments. Least substantial are the straight-to-camera monologues, though a distraught Anouk Grinberg is moving on the persecution of Aung San Suu Kyi. Biggest impact is made by Martine Franck's piece, in which Henri Cartier-Bresson bears witness to the murdered children of Mauretania.
Cast and crew
Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Piccoli, Coline Serreau, Bertrand Tavernier, Costa-Gavras, Nadine Trintignant, Anne-Marie Miéville, Chantal Akerman, Alain Resnais, Robert Kramer, Jean Becker, Alain Corneau, Jean-Loup Hubert, Patrice Chéreau, Jacques Doillon, Martine Franck, Raymond Depardon, Jane Birkin, Sarah Moon, Francis Girod, Jean-Michel Carré, Romain Goupil, René Allio, Claire Denis, Patrice Leconte, Denis Amar, Gérard Frot Coutaz, Jacques Deray, Dominique Dante, Philippe Muyl, Michel Deville