10/10: Travis Wilkerson

The director of Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years, sort of:

So, here’s my 10 of the last 10 years. I’m not arguing they are the best. I don’t really believe in that sort of ranking. I just mean they were the most significant films I encountered with regards to my own practice. Moreover, I should be clear, very few of the films come from the last ten years. But I think it’s only fair to include films I was able to see in the last ten years. Especially because I’d been trying to see a bunch of these films for literally decades but they were totally unavailable to me. Say, for example, Heynowski & Scheumann, whose films I’d sought since hearing about them from Santiago Alvarez in 1995. I was not disappointed. To say the least.

– in no order –

1. Heynowski & Scheumann

2. De Poes (The Cat) (Johan van der Keulen, 1968)

3. Narita: The Peasants of the Second Fortress (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1971)

4. The Forcing cycle (Lydia Moyer, various)

5. Wings above all, but anything (Larisa Shepitko, various)

6. Strong Island (Yance Ford, 2017)

7. Milles Soleils (Mati Diop, 2013)

8. Black Film (Želimir Žilnik, 1971)

9. Borom Sarret (The Wagoner) (Ousmane Sembène, 1963)

10. Newsreel 63 – The Train of Shadows (Nika Autor and the Newsreel Front, 2017)

Bonus: the film I most wish to see but still haven’t succeeded in tracking down, now going on more than 20 years: Tercer Mundo, Tercera Guerra Mundial (Julio Garcia Espinosa, 1970).


10/10 is an ongoing series in which we ask cinephiles to name their ten favorite films from the last ten years (currently, between 2008 and 2018).