95 AND 6 TO GO

"95 and 6 to Go is that rarity: a film that makes you want to be better, do better."
            - Sheila O'Malley, critic for RogerEbert.com

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"The film is in many ways a mutually sombre homecoming; the proverbial return to care for one’s elders becomes an active accounting of the past and provokes an unforeseen source of humble creativity."
          - Jay Kuehner, Cinema Scope

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"Among other things, the film explores the ethics of intensely intimate filmmaking."
          - Patricia Aufderheide, International Documentary Association

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"Moving... profound."
          - Jose Solis, StageBuddy.com

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"Delightful... profound... impossible to walk away from the film without admiration."
          - Michael Lieberman, Artblog

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Where Are You Taking Me?

"An unusual, visually rich visit to the nation... Some scenes appear as artfully composed as a painting (and some reminiscent of famed painters). But these are found moments, and they have movement and character as well as poetry."
          - David DeWitt, The New York Times

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"Beautifully meditative... an uplifting observational docu that plays on seeing and being seen."
          - Jay Weissberg, Variety

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Grade: A
"Takesue has a wonderful eye for human portraiture, and for landscape portraiture, that is arresting without being static. She captures, as she intended, the lyricism of the everyday."
          - Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor

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Critic's Pick! 
"Complex... In her impressive documentary feature debut, Kimi Takesue interrogates the outsider's gaze while still offering an expansive, wide-angle view of contemporary Uganda."
          - Eric Hynes, Time Out New York

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"Extraordinary postwar Uganda dream flight.. Takesue [has an] unnerving ability to zoom with uncanny focus into (and out of) individual perspectives."
          - Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice

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4.5 out of 5 stars
"An expressionist snapshot of a fractured country... fascinatingly vibrant."
          - Jesse Cataldo, Spectrum Culture

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"Precisely observed, gracefully contemplative, and gently self-reflective. Highly recommended."
          - Educational Media Reviews

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10 stars out of 10
"Simultaneously contemplative and anticipatory... How are filmmakers responsible as they transport and share such stories? [How] are viewers responsible to what they see? Beautifully, achingly, Where Are You Taking Me? asks these questions and more."
          - Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters

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Looking for Adventure

"The film presents not just Peru as the tourists see it, but also a Peruvian identity shaped in collaboration with tourists. The result is a place where tourism helps build daily life."
          - Aaron Cutler, Museum of the Moving Image

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Interviews

  • The MacDowell Colony interviews Kimi about her art and influences

    Q: What inspiring things are you watching/reading/listening to right now?

    A: I recently saw an amazing performance, Radicals In Miniature, by Ain Gordon that had its world premiere at the Baryshnikov Center in New York City. It’s an intense, poetic, storytelling piece recalling un-gentrified New York in the 1970’s and 80’s. Gordon conjures up laser-sharp memories of unsung, now forgotten artists/icons who made an indelible mark on the alternative scene and, yet never achieved conventional “success”.

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"I did not know if such a personal movie would interest others. So I made the documentary for myself. I wanted to preserve this story. However... it occurred to me that perhaps it would have a certain appeal to a mass audience. It addresses universal topics such as family, loss, absence, change, old age, how different generations interact, how they are understood or not understood."

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"I went to Uganda without a specific agenda or set of expectations... the one conscious decision I made was to steer away from stereotypical and sensationalist images of Uganda." 

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