Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: the Tomi Ungerer story is a documentary about French illustrator and writer Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer. He emigrated from France to the United States in his twenties, and experienced the Golden age of advertising illustrations in NYC. He then stepped into children’s book industry, later flourished in creating political posters. It provides an overview of his creative career is visually and intellectually stimulating. Ungerer’s personal experience put the audience in perspective of his work. For instance, Ungere’s children’s books often have elements of fear, this is due to his childhood experience. This film is true to the artist’s creative process, which is influenced very much by what’s around him. It is amazing to see his journey pursuing what he is interested in, and at the same time, pushing the public’s boundary on the image of a children’s book author–Ungerer was in the middle of the controversy when he did erotic illustrations while famously known as a children’s book author, his books were banned from public libraries at one point.
Ungerer seems very spirited even in his old age, passionate about life and art. The documentary highlights his playful personality. He is an important figure in the world of art and he inspired many artists, including the creator of Where the Wild Things are.
Books by Tomi Ungerer:
The Three Robbers
Oto (in Hebrew)
Crictor (in Italian)
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Following the narratives of survivors, Defiant Requiem tells the unbelievable story of Rafael Schachter, a Czech conductor who sparks hope and spirit among his fellow prisoners, in the darkest time at the Terezin concentration camp. This documentary is nicely done: the mournful music really enhanced the survivor’s account of their history with the Holocaust and with their source of hope–Schachter. It was Schachter’s endless pursuit of music that made labor and torture more bearable; it was through music, that the prisons were able to express something they did not dare to say to the Nazis. It is a remarkable film to watch; it is painfully beautify.
Related: art produced during the holocaust
Terezín : voices from the Holocaust
My secret camera : life in the Lodz ghetto
Art from the ashes : a Holocaust anthology
I watched Food, Inc. to complete this week’s task for the eco-action challenge. This film unveils the current situation in the American food industry. There were a lot of information that was unsettling, or even a little disturbing to me. Without giving out too much content, one thing I found especially interesting is the extent of engineering used in today’s food market and food source. People use technology and chemical to alter the natural ways of things, in order to maximize profit. Plants and the way animals are raised are engineered towards the benefit of major corporates. As a result, the environment suffers, the farmers suffer, and ultimately, consumers suffer.
It is an important film to raise awareness of what we eat, where food comes from, and to make people think.
Food fight : the inside story of the food industry, America’s obesity crisis, and what we can do about it
Real food fake food : why you don’t know what you’re eating & what you can do about it