Red Dawn (João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata, 2011)

Alvorada Vermelha – Red Dawn

Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata

28 minutes, 2011

A documentary on a meat market in Macao evokes question of life, death and morality.

Opening with a high heeled shoe in foreground in a presentation of the mundane, we are introduced to our world under the pretense of new perspectives. More than just documentary, this film is shaped and formed by associations, magical tangents and powerful compositions. The film’s first part anticipates the meat market with baroque compositions, reminders perhaps of Vermeer and the works of the Renaissance. They are contemporary locales, composed using variations on single and multiple point perspective, which brings poetry and discomfort to the documentary footage. It takes almost ten minutes for it to become apparent that we are in a meat market, and the film takes on new meanings as we plunge into a world unseen in the West.
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