“I love the process of not knowing what something is beforehand.” – Alma Har’el
If you’ve seen the music video for Beirut’s ‘Elephant Gun’, you know what Im talking about when I say that Alma Har’el is pure genius. Her work is recognized for her expression through modern dance, landscape and character, and for her ability to create images with an honest balance of emotions; heavyhearted as much as they are joyful and playful.
Her latest Documentary is not really your traditional documentary. It revolves around the lives of one particular boy, unfolding almost like a drama. She’ll have you hooked to the surreal choreography, the dance sequences and the music by Beirut and Bob Dylan.
Winner of the Tribeca Best Documantary 2011, the catalog of the year describes the movie as below:
‘The rusting relic of a failed 1950s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream.
A sea in the middle of the Colorado desert.
First-time director Alma Har’el visits this poetically fruitful terrain in her distinctive documentary Bombay Beach, and finds there a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn high school football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea’s land of thwarted opportunity.
True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Har’el crafts here an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film—a dreamlike poem that sets the personal stories of these distinctive yet familiar characters to a stylized amalgam of observational documentary and choreographed dance, with music by Beirut and Bob Dylan, all cast against the atmospheric scenery of the titular ghost town.
The result is a moving and surreal documentary experience—an evocative, symbolic portrait of rural America and its inhabitants. Winner of the Tribeca film festival doc competition.’
Heres the link for the Trailer for Bombay Beach. This movie touched me in several different ways. And I hope it does for you too!
For more info check out the official website: