Movie Review: PEOPLE OF NOWHERE (2016)

  MOVIE POSTERPEOPLE OF NOWHERE, 2min, Israel, Documentary/Music Video
Directed by Lior Sperando

Music Video about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way into Europe.

Seen at the July 2016 Under 5min. FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Movie Review by Kierston Drier

Gripping, vivid and gut-punchingly real People Of Nowhere, directed by Lior Sperandeo (with huge credits to the Drone Operator Joel Davis and Music Design by Ravid Kahalani) is a sharp, powerful look at the Syrian refugee crisis. Coming in at just under two minutes, it is a testament to the skill of the filmmaker that such incredible emotion can be rendered by such a short piece. Shot with no dialogue but with exceptional sound design, the piece People Of Nowhere  showcases the seemingly endless masses of human life that arrives on coastlines when fleeing Syria.

Many times with clearly nothing but the clothing they are wearing, families clammer of their boats to safety. The viewers do not know their names, their stories, or from what specific hell they are fleeing from. We do not know what languages they speak, what their education level is, or if they know where they are going. We we can see is a rapid series of terrifying moments. Men pulling women (their wives?) off of beached rafts to safety, women reaching for and clutching children, babies screaming and being wrapped in thermal blankets, people of all ages being treated for shock, covered in scrapes and bruises, collapsing from exhausting, clinging to each other.

With the rapid-fire editing style and the quick succession of cuts, followed by the powerfully moving sound design, what stands out about Vito’s piece is the raw humanity of it. The viewer knows nothing about the people they are seeing, yet they are seeing everything about these people- their desperation, their motivation and their pain. The need for sheer, basic survival and the willingness to live and the lengths we are all able to go to in order to ensure the safety of ourselves and those we love.

Vividly colorful, powerfully edited and heartbreakingly beautiful, People Of Nowhere is a profound statement. One which ultimately begs us to remember that despite the chaos of our politics, we are all part of the same humanity.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the short film:

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