Just watched “Indignados” at the emblematic international kino, and I liked it.
Mainly because of the energetic feeling given by Stéphane Hessel at the after-talk, I will give it 9 stars.

Outside there were tents and people with cards with with written messages. An “acampada” that ended with police controlling them when I exited and there was the frenzy of the next film, with Juliette Binoche cruising the red-carpet…

When I arrived, it was even at the same time that a “protester” was yelling and Speck came and told him some words…  he then asked: “and your name is?” “speck, panorama” : funny… Next seconds Speck was taking photos with vips on the red carpet.

The lobby was already with queues, and the room was on the way of get filled…

Speck came to to the stage and opened panorama special, and asked everyone to vote (as usual)

The movie is about to start:
Panorama Special

D: Tony Gatlif
France 2011
Wolof, French, Greek, Spanish
C: Isabel Vendrell Cortès

I felt the movie in a very emotional way. The connecting story of the African “no-papers” that get involved on the protest rallies and still have hope on a better tomorrow, is what connects a series of symbolic cinematographic pieces that sometimes illustrate quotes of Hessel’s “Indignez vous!” or in other moments complement his work with after events.
Whoever tries to see this as a teaching documentary will find it poorly accomplished, as few events and a-b-c-d context are not provided… It indeed tries to be a provocative, inflammatory leaflet … as the book “time for outrage!” The fiction ends up showing very well reality, an like the cast said, it clearly tries to catalyze the theory into practice.
We see the path of an African woman arrived by sea, “ping-ponging” through fortress Europe and gaining Hope on the protest movements of Madrid. Nevertheless she still has to sleep in the streets, at the same time that we are shown entire new neighborhoods laying empty!

After the projection there was a very nice talk with the cast, and the special guest Stéphane Hessel (1st on the left).
Hessel has a lot of charisma, that’s how I can summarize this (freshly “wordpressed” as I intend)…
A 94 years old guy, that walks his way down to the stage, stands there (even when a patronizing chair was brought there for him), and talks in 3 languages with the same assertiveness… claiming claps from the audience (before and after translation) … remarkable! That’s why you can NOT label it simply as arrogance when he says that his “small book” surprised even himself with its world reception.

Interesting was the reaction of the audience when he switched to german (after french and then english), mainly funny because he was in fact been born in Berlin! He also warned that even if his message is getting all these “followers”, we all should be cautious of the “other forces” that also here in Berlin, and Frankfurt , and throughout Germany are still strong… For him, it might feel very much like history repeating itself…

The rest of cast’s “consequent message” was admitting that the film IS an attempt to bring Hessel’s inspiring message to broader audiences, through the language of moving pictures played on the TV’s that are still not shut-off (Gatlif said something about ARTE).