DOWN TO EARTH (Pedro Costa, 1994)

Casa de Lava (literally, House of Lava), Pedro Costa’s second feature, is a moody, volatile examination of the legacy of colonialism and the European slave trade in Africa. It begins in eerie silence at night: a messy, phantasmagoric red glow appears in a wash of voluminous dark—a vacant landscape. Creeping in, daylight provides topographical context […]