“Made as a ‘twin’ of A ilha dos amores, A ilha de Moraes is a poetic documentary on the enigmatic life of Wenceslau de Moraes, the great Portuguese writer who, like Paulo Rocha himself, had a profound fascination for Asian cultures and lived in Japan from 1912 until his death in
Counterpart of Love in the Afternoon from the point of view of I. (1) She likes to go out. He doesn’t. Besides, she sees that she likes to go out without him. He plays a sport she doesn’t like. She goes out with K., pretending they are a couple. But she would like not to go home.
Jim Jennings: Really, all I’m doing is framing. It’s what I’m doing all the time – framing this, framing that, framing. It’s what Ernie was teaching. It’s all about composition. This feels balanced. I like this composition; I don’t like that composition. Why? There’s no reason.
“Children witherin’ away up here, brother, worshippin’ the idol of capital, lustin’ after the false salvation of here and now. Black brother and sister perishin’ up here, mon, waiting for scrap from oppressor table. Oppressor got us for house pet; do him tricks to get reward.