VIFF 2012 review: Bay of All Saints


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      Compassionate filmmaker Annie Eastman spent five years with the (mostly) women who populate the slums-on-stilts occupying parts of Brazil’s famous Bahia coastline. The film is beautifully shot, and Eastman’s cleverest conceit is to have the women’s stories narrated by the man who rigs electricity and does small repairs for people left behind by the state and, adding further indignity, robbed by officials who promise improvements and then pocket development money earmarked for them.

      Pacific Cinémathèque, September 28 (10:45 a.m.); Granville, October 8 (9:15 p.m.) and 9 (3:30 p.m.)