Viktor Kossakovsky was on his way home from Vilnius Documentary Festival, where he presented a retrospective of his films from “Belovs” to “Vivan las Antipodas”. I was on my way to the 22nd edition of St. Petersburg festival “Message to Man”. While waiting for boarding permission, the director invited me to watch his newest work, “Lullaby”, a short film (around 3 mins.), he had made for the big documentary series initiative “Why Poverty”. Shot in Berlin with a focus on a Deutsche Bank door leading to cash withdrawal machines, the director has made an original contribution to the short film section of the series. It should be watchable very soon according to the site of “Why Poverty”, read this text clip:
”Why Poverty? uses film to get people talking about poverty.
We’ve commissioned award-winning film makers to make eight documentaries about poverty, and new and emerging talents to make around 30 short films. The films tackle big issues and pose difficult questions, but they’re also moving, subtle and thought-provoking stories.
They transmit around the world in November 2012, on 62 national broadcasters reaching 500 million people. They’ll be accompanied by events designed to spark global and national debates and an online campaign to get people asking “Why Poverty?”
You can watch clips and shorts online now, and find out more about what’s happening in your country.
After November, the documentaries will be available to everyone online and we’ll begin an outreach programme, building on the momentum from broadcast…”
Photo: Kossakovsky in Vilnius.