Shorts by Sergio Bianchi | Chicago Reader

Shorts by Sergio Bianchi

“A scream of revolt against the exploitation of Indian lands” is how Brazilian filmmaker Sergio Bianchi describes Should I Kill Them? (1982), the longest of the three shorts on this program, but the tone is less enraged than bitterly ironic. Its cheeky mix of styles includes a travelogue and references to instructional films; superimposed multiple-choice questions test what you've learned, and one suggested answer is that the tribe in question “never existed.” In The Second Beast (1983) a young man suffering from a strange ailment keeps expelling white material from his mouth, apparently a reference to thrush, an opportunistic infection linked to AIDS. And Divine Social Service (1977) parodies social service agencies and our attitudes toward disease: when a man with a badly wounded face ducks into a movie theater, the people on-screen tell him he's “awful to look at.” In Portuguese with subtitles. 60 min.

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