You All Are Captains

A European filmmaker working with Moroccan children tells a story about beauty, reality, and our perceptions of both

Oliver Laxe moved to Morocco three years ago hoping to find a closer communion with life. As a part of this journey, the European filmmaker started a workshop for the under-privileged children of Tangier, teaching them how to use and develop 16mm film. The longer he worked with them, the more inspired he became by their creative freedom, and together they “simply filmed things which they thought to be beautiful.” It’s from this place of sincerity and beauty that You All Are Captains, his first feature-length film, was born.

Instead of focusing on the children’s difficult lives, Laxe chose the act of playing as the film’s propelling force. What results is a romantic film that doesn’t feel romantic; a story-within-a-story pseudo-documentary that declares itself as part contrived, part pure. According to Luxe, You All Are Captains is “a film about how we see things…proof that art goes far beyond good and evil.”

You All Are Captains
Tuesday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 17; 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (both nights)
Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.