This edition: Naked in New York (Finland 30min.) / Soul in Torment (Denmark, 30 min.)
Naked in New York (Finland). Imagine New York's art connoisseurs dressed for the gallery round on a beautiful Sunday in May. Then imagine naked bodies coming out of a steaming sauna. Now cross-pollinate the connoisseurs with the sauna bathers and place this strange experiment in New York. This is the scene of Naked in New York, where Finnish architect and artist Pia Lindman gives the visitors -- at the Museum of Modern Art's P.S. 1 annex in Queens -- a bath in a real Finnish sauna. From thousands of young artists, Pia was chosen to build a real Finnish sauna where the museum visitors could bathe for free. "I will never come out naked!" says one of the gallery guests. But soon he's out there with a bare bum much to his own and others' surprise as the artist throws a bucket of cold water over him. The documentary, as well as the sauna performance itself, deals with questions of nudity, particularly: why is it hard for Americans to show their naked bodies while Finns think it's natural to be naked with total strangers in a sauna? Producer: Stefan Randstrom.
SOUL IN TORMENT (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe's battle for independence in 1980, which brought Robert Mugabe to power, was to be the end of many forms of political oppression. It didn't, as we know from today's news. Even before the freedom celebrations ended, the new government turned its North Korean-trained 5th Brigade on Mugabe's rival tribe in Matabeleland. Decades later, the filmmaker brings a veteran of the 5th Brigade to the site of a massacre. With his "soul in torment," the soldier tells the story of the massacre and his own part in it. (A film by Prudence Uriri).