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STARRING Ernest Borgnine, Maryam Karimi, Dzana Pinjo

Opens December 27, Cert 12, 135 mins

This fascinating project is the brainchild of French producer Alain Brigand, who asked 11 directors to contribute a film lasting 11 minutes, 9 seconds and one frame which “evoke the planetary echo” of September 11, 2001. Needless to say, the diverse nationalities and cultures of the directors involved makes for a broad spread of opinion. Ken Loach focuses on September 11, 1970, the date when a CIA-sponsored coup deposed Allende’s government in Chile, an event that led to the Pinochet regime’s appalling abuse of human rights. Loach (like Japanese director Shohei Imamura, who reminds viewers of Hiroshima) suggests 9/11 was an inevitable act of karma.

Other directors include Danis Tanovic, Amos Gitai, Idrissa Ouedraogo and Mira Nair. Amores Perros director Alejandro I

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