Friday, February 5, 2010
BAREFOOT TO TIMBUKTU, Martina Egi's documentary about Ernst Aebi opens
The lives some people lead! How is it that certain indi-
viduals accomplish so much in so many different fields, while others of us simply sit back and watch? (Or write about it.) Viewing the engaging documentary by Martina Egi (shown below) about the artist/builder/sailor/adventurer Ernst Aebi brings just such thoughts to mind.
BAREFOOT TO TIMBUKTU: Ernst Aebi -- Come Hell or High Water (I think we might shorten that title) introduces us to the man, and while it does not begin to answer TrustMovies' question in the previous paragraph, it gives enough information -- colorful facts, history, tidbits and opinions -- to engross us and prime us for more.
More, in this case, would be all about Herr Aebi and his various careers: first as an artist, then a family man and world traveler who, during his time in Africa, comes upon the tiny village of Araouane (which, if you click on the link, will give you information and other links about the nomadic Tuareg Rebellions that have plagued the region for decades). It is in Araouane, in the late 1980s, that Ernst becomes involved with the villagers, helping them to bring back to the little town some of its former glory.
BAREFOOT IN TIMBUKTU -- from Mesch-Ugge filmproduktionen, Zurich -- opens next Friday, February 12, in New York City at the Quad Cinemas.