J. YALE WALDO - STAFF WRITER
This Sunday Bowdoin will enjoy a private showing from two
of the foremost creators of documentaries in America today. Mick Davie
and Sean Fine create films for National Geographic, and they will introduce
a showing of three of their movies.
Starting at 8:00 p.m. Davie and Fine will give a brief introduction
of the three movies. Davie will introduce the two movies he produced,
entitled From Capetown to Cairo and War Child. Fine
will speak a few words on his film Pigeon Murders.
Davie made From Capetown to Cairo when he was only 22, and
it is an account of his seven-month journey from South Africa to Egypt,
by any means possible. He covers many different areas and topics, starting
with police violence in Johannesburg. He then documents conditions among
street children in Zimbabwe, detailing their dreams for their country
as well as themselves. He also treats the issue of land mine deaths among
the people of Mozambique.
Davie first got his job at National Geographic from this
film. He first showed it on Australian television, where National Geographic
found it and decided to buy the film and hire its producer. He also produced
War Child, an account of the status of the innumerable refugees in Albania
and Kosovo. What makes both of these documentaries fascinating and incredibly
moving is their first person perspective. This gives the viewer the sensation
that s/he is actually there, and conveys an immediate sense of what it
means to be a refugee in Albania, or someone in Mozambique who lives in
fear of his/her every step.
Davie still works for National Geographic, and some of his
current projects include a film dealing with Pakistani honor killings,
and he returns to a theme in From Capetown to Cairo in making a
movie about post-apartheid South Africa. He has a prominent place at National
Geographic, which earned him a place in a National Geographic Explorer
episode, opposite National Geographic notable Dr. Robert Ballard, titled
"The New Explorers."
The episode was an examination of the few areas of nature
left to be explored, since virtually the entire globe has been discovered.
In addition to other answers, such as the bottom of the world's oceans,
was the area in which Davie specializes, namely cultural investigations
Accompanying Davie is Fine, a talented filmmaker and producer
in his own right. Fine, after having finished The Pigeon Murders
(which he is introducing), continued making films with National Geographic.
He is currently working in collaboration with Davie on a piece called
Frontline Diaries, which, judging from both their past work,
promises to be quite good.
Both men, in addition to showing their films on National Geographic,
have shown them on other television stations, such as the Australian release
of From Capetown to Cairo, but their movies have also been shown
in America on other channels, such as CNBC.
After the introductions and the films, each producer will
hold a question-and- answer period. The questions will obviously deal
with the films just shown, but the audience is free to ask any questions
about their past work, their current projects, or even filmmaking in general,
such as how one gets into the business.
The movies themselves are not incredibly long. The entire
event, from introduction to question and answer, should take more than
two hours. The showing is free to all members of the Bowdoin community,
courtesy of the Bowdoin Film Society.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium