Feeding Europe, Starving at Home - New York Times
By A. O. SCOTT
Published: August 3, 2005
"...harrowing, indispensable documentary, is framed by the arrival and
departure of an enormous Soviet-made cargo plane at an airstrip outside
Mwanza, Tanzania. ...
The beauty, though, is not really beside the point; it is an integral part of the movie's ethical vision, which in its tenderness and its angry sense of apocalypse seems to owe less to modern ideologies than to the prophetic rage of William Blake, who glimpsed heaven and hell at an earlier phase of capitalist development. Mr. Sauper's movie is clearly aimed at the political conscience of Western audiences, and its implicit critique of some of our assumptions about the shape and direction of the global economy deserves to be taken seriously. But its reach extends far beyond questions of policy and political economy, and it turns the fugitive, mundane facts that are any documentary's raw materials into the stuff of tragedy and prophecy."