From the Ground Up (2008)

27 04 2008

A tedious, albeit admirable effort from Su Fredriech. Those expecting an “essay-film” should look elsewhere because this is an examination of how coffee is produced. Despite shooting on DV, she does capture some nice images. The highlight is probably the never-ending shot early on of bean farmers staring into the camera. From there, it is pretty much downhill. Thankfully, this is not an average “social commentary” documentary so there isn’t any Michael Moore-esque hitting the audience over the head, but still, this is not that exciting. It certainly doesn’t help that the most nauseating song is repeated every three minutes. At least it was short, though. Better luck next time, I guess.

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