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Omnibus films attained renewed popularity during the 1990s and 2000s; this particular seven-episode film-a-sketch arrived during that period, and involved several top-tiered international filmmakers including John Woo, Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Emir Kusturica and three others. Each helmer was asked to shoot a segment of between 16-18 minutes in length, for UNICEF, on the subject of exploited and/or underprivileged children around the world. The package opens with "Tanza," helmed by Algerian novelist-cum-filmmaker Mehdi Charef and shot in Burkina Faso. It concerns the 12-year-old female title character - an adolescent freedom fighter - who trollops through the countryside accompanied by young male guerilla fighters who spout off deliberately nonsensical English-language dialogue. Kusturica takes the reins for the second segment, "Blue Gypsy," an overtly comical episode in the vein of Time of the Gypsies about a precocious young boy who makes the split from his alcoholic father and thieving family and goes to live in a juvenile detention center, finding it preferable to home. The third episode, helmed by co-producer Stefano Veneruso and entitled "Ciro," recalls neorealismo with its Naples-set tale of a young boy unloved and systematically neglected by his mother, who resorts to spending time with other neglected children and stealing watches, and then gets caught in the direst of ways. The fourth segment, Spike Lee's delicately-handled "Jesus Children of America," stars Hannah Hodson as Blanca, a young Brooklynite ostracized by her peers because her parents are junkies; when she learns of her HIV-positive status, her world crumbles. For the 5th episode, "Bilu and Joao," Brazilian director Katia Lund casts child actors Francisco Anawake de Freitas and Vera Fernandes as two impoverished tykes whose days involve walking around the outskirts of Sao Paulo and pulling a wooden cart, into which they pile aluminum and paper - but do so joyously, with the courage and grace of two individuals delighting in subhuman work despite the direst of circumstances. For the sixth segment, "Jonathan," Ridley Scott teams up to co-direct with daughter Jordan Scott; the episode stars David Thewlis (Naked) as an emotionally-traumatized war photographer who encounters a band of Eastern European orphans. And the closer, John Woo's "Song Song and Little Cat," studies the contrast between the lives of two young Asian girls from polar opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum: Oi Ruyi is Little Cat, an abjectly impoverished child discovered in the garbage, during infancy, by a homeless man; she grows up helping her discoverer forage for victuals until he dies, leaving her aimless and bereft. Woo cuts between her story and that of Song Song, a wealthy and pampered little girl whose story is equally tragic in its own way, as her parents are undergoing a bitter divorce. Though this film, as indicated, enlisted the support of at least two major Hollywood directors (Scott and Lee) it did encounter extreme difficulty securing U.S. theatrical and ancillary distribution, which effectively kept it out of North America in the years that immediately followed its global release. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Crew

John Woo
Director
Spike Lee
Director
Emir Kusturica
Director
Ridley Scott
Director
Kátia Lund
Director
Stefano Veneruso
Director
Mehdi Charef
Director
Terence Chang
Producer
Caio Gullane
Producer
Stefano Veneruso
Producer
Fabiano Gullane
Producer
Chiara Tilesi
Producer
Kátia Lund
Producer
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Producer
Debora Ivanov
Producer
Cinqué Lee
Screenwriter
Joie Lee
Screenwriter
Kátia Lund
Screenwriter
Diego de Silva
Screenwriter
Eduardo Tripa
Screenwriter
Raffaele Veneruso
Screenwriter
Stribor Kusturica
Screenwriter
Mehdi Charef
Screenwriter
Cliff Charles
Cinematographer
Milorad Glusica
Cinematographer
Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer
Toca Seabra
Cinematographer
Jim Whitaker
Cinematographer
Philippe Brelot
Cinematographer
Ramin Djawadi
Composer (Music Score)
Tina Turner
Featured Music
Terence Blanchard
Composer (Music Score)
Stribor Kusturica
Composer (Music Score)
Rokia Trore
Composer (Music Score)
Barry Alexander Brown
Editor
Estevan Santos
Editor
Robert A. Ferretti
Editor
Yannick Kergoat
Editor
Dayn Williams
Editor
Ben Scott
Production Designer
Sarah Frank
Production Designer
Tim Yip
Production Designer
Radovan Markovic
Production Designer
Francesco Papa
Executive Producer
Caio Gullane
Executive Producer
Kai-Lu Hsiung
Executive Producer
Li Xiaowan
Executive Producer
Raffaele Veneruso
Executive Producer
Bruno Hodebert
Executive Producer
Emir Kusturica
Executive Producer
Greg Fay
Costume Designer
Martine Some
Costume Designer
Donna Berwick
Costume Designer
Andre Simonetti
Costume Designer
Chiara Tilesi
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