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I liked all the films especially the one for Superman [“This is Joe”] and the last one which was longer [“ Frontman ”]. I look forward to at...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rockumentary - Placebo:Alt Russia

When I watched Placebo:Alt Russia, I wasn't that surprised to see how passionate Russians are about rock music. According to the analytics, this ROFFEKE blog is mostly viewed by Americans. Russians come in second and Kenyans take third place. Rish, a Kenyan female rocker told me that her songs are mostly downloaded by Russians. A member of Kenyan metalcore band Last Year' Tragedy gave me similar statistics.

What I love about Placebo:Alt Russia is that it is very human, meaning that anyone from any country (Every You Every Me :-) - and especially the creatives - will relate to the sentiments expressed throughout this rockumentary. Rock 'n' roll is just the backdrop, the framework on which various issues are hang upon: censorship, architecture, guerrilla art, politics, crowdfunding, tradition versus modern, cultural exchange, religion, photography, artistic activism....

This year, ROFFEKE will be highlighting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Placebo: Alt Russia touches on SDG 11 and SDG 16: "Make cities and human settlement inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" and "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels." Under SDG 11, target 11.4 stands out: "Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world's cultural and natural heritage."

Documentaries are a great way of making people aware of the natural and cultural heritage that is in danger of being made to disappear. In Placebo: Alt Russia we learn of historical buildings in danger of being demolished and two very punk artists who are doing their part to creatively document these buildings for future generations.

I dare say that this fascinating film can be summarized by the three F's in the ROFFEKE motto: Friendship.Fun. Freedom.

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