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Film 1 of the 2019 Paris (KY) Polar Vortex Film Festival:
MB - So many reasons this is now my favorite film of 2018: magnificently portrays the beautiful, verdant Oregon landscapes (if you live somewhere else, imagine the Portland park in the beginning located in the middle of your city) and brings to life the independent hardy/rugged people that live there; we all are searching for community, but some of us have been so damaged by events in our lives that it is almost impossible to accept human companionship; the unbearable weight of realizing you can't help a loved one that is suffering; finding your own way and place to belong in the midst of all this; dogs, they are great companions!; the tragedy of 17 yrs of ongoing global wars and the damaged soldiers that return; the good heart of social workers working within an absurd system (although as systems go this one was better than most); the unknowing cruelty of an unreflective (en)forced charity; realistic portrayal of wildcrafting and living-off-the-grid (the good and the bad).
Film 2 of the 2019 Paris (KY) Polar Vortex Film Festival:
MB - I'm a sucker for deep philosophical and aesthetic discussions; solitary (or with someone) walks through urban spaces; wrestling with and learning from (or not) affairs of the heart; deep platonic attachments to friends that burn as intensely, if not moreso, than one's sexual entanglements; living in the moment and feeling as if it all really means something; an education that actually changes you (will find out later whether it was for better or worse); debates about whether it is more important to remain true to your artistic goals, or to fight/agitate to change the world directly, or to make reams of money and live a life of comfort (I can see all three sides). If you are similarly inclined you will probably enjoy this film as much as I did:
3rd Film: 2019 Paris (KY) Polar Vortex Film Festival
MB - I thought I was going to have to travel to go see this because it wasn't going to come to the city I live in. The political documentary that explores and questions the meaning and history of the concept of democracy is so fraught with difficulties and has rarely produced quality films. This is the best one I have seen and would rank as one of my favorite documentaries of the 21st century. Looking forward to using this in my Peace and Conflict Studies courses and hopefully can get some collective viewings/discussions together. Citizens, activists, teachers, students, anyone - watch this asap and discuss it with others. This is a vital film for our time. Thank you Astra Taylor!
Streaming on Kanopy (check your public or college libraries for free access to this wonderful resource)
What is Democracy? (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.