Journeys AND Life in a Basket

Vinayan Kodoth's Journeys (2003, 39 min.) is a nightmarish portrait of Bombay and its overtaxed commuter rail system, which serves seven million riders a day while killing an average of ten. Disturbing and bleak, this is a must-not-see for claustrophobics; with minimal narration in subtitled Hindi. David Hogan's video Life in a Basket (2003, 33 min.) is about LA homeless people and their shopping carts. Hogan interviews his subjects in front of a white screen, which unfortunately recalls the photographs of Richard Avedon, but he largely avoids the obvious pitfalls of such a project (pious voyeurism and/or unwitting black humor). Just don't expect policy or sociology: the upshot is that street people are human beings like you and me.

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