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412 Comic Books Go To War
What happens when the comic book meets real war?


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Overview

Genre

Arts, Human Rights, Culture, Politics, and Current Affairs

Synopsis

The universe of comic books is a worldwide pop mythology, a Pantheon in cheap newsprint and saturated colors. For almost 100 years comic books have provided fantasy, escape, and compensation for adolescents who often feel powerless and misunderstood in their daily lives. Fantasies of power are inevitably violent, but the violence in comic books has no consequences. After all, it's just the stroke of a pen... But what happens when the comic book meets real war? In this age of hundreds of television stations, 24-hour news, worldwide instantaneous satellite transmission and thousands of web sites updated hourly, the lowly comic book has become a documentary medium, providing a real understanding of the human dimensions of war, genocide and revolution.

Treatment

Show treatment

Stage

finished

Running time

65 or 52 minutes

Links

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Credits

Mark Daniels ... Writer/Director/Cameraman

Production Details

Prod. Co.

GA&A Productions, Rome, Italy; Reciprocal Films, New York

Country

Italy

Production years

2006/2009

Locations

Paris, New York, Portland, Geneva

Prod. Partners

ZDF/ARTE, Avro. SVT, YLE, MEDIA

Distribution Details

Release year

2009

Festivals

Nominated for Europa Prize (2010), FIFA, Montreal (2011), Istanbul International Film Festival (2010), San Diego Comic-Com (2011), Imperial War Museum, London (2011); others . . .

Awards

Best Reportage FIFA, Montreal

Distribution

Distributed by GA&A Productions, Rome. DVD released by ARTE (France). On tour with prize-winning films from FIFA, Montreal.

Broadcast (Prod.)

ZDF/ARTE, AVRO, SVT, YLE, SVT, SF, TSR, CBC

Language

English, French

Subtitles

English, French