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(594) 6.9 143 min 2018

Following the 2016 presidential election, Frederick Wiseman's documentary dissects small-town America to understand how its values impact and influence the political landscape of the nation.

Frederick Wiseman

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Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 01:01

We are so used to modern life and marketing that we are willing to turn our noses up to the plight of the poor and oppressed. The results are plain to see. We now live in a world of suffering, starvation and hopelessness, and this film is about a hidden side of that world. What happens to those who still have a basic sense of humanity? Here is a film that not only looks into that side of the story, but examines the deeper moral issues of the tragedy of war and the world now. It is no coincidence that it is the film that first made me aware of the plight of the Serbs in Bosnia. It was as if I had spent the last five years traveling in Africa, in South America and in the Middle East. I remember one of the war's earliest victims, who had a nose of scarred flesh and a fistful of broken bones, and looked like a skeleton. It was very frightening to see her, the picture of beauty that she could not escape her past. I watched that picture and knew how weak, miserable and desperate she was. The film uses modern technology to show the plight of the poor and oppressed. It seems to me that modern technology might be used to show the human suffering, but it also should be used to show the contrast and the beauty of the Serb people. We need to ask ourselves how our society has changed so drastically over the past five years. I remember a time when a film like this one would have been forbidden. I remember how people talked about this film when it came out, and when I saw the special edition DVD, I was saddened by the "name" of this film and I was sure that it was a piece of trash. When I saw that the special edition DVD also included the behind the scenes featurette, I was happy to see how the director spoke of the movie in the same kind of way that I remembered it, "a gritty, raw look at a story of hope". It is also very important to look into the Serbian culture. The film goes to great lengths to show how they live, how they dress, how they look and how they behave. I also noticed that it is a small film, but a very important film. It is as if the entire world is watching this story unfold and it is a part of that world that needs to see the picture. It is not the only film that shows the horror of war and the difference in human nature. It is that difference that is important. I see the similarities between the way that the Serbs were treated in the film, and the way that the USA treated the Jews during the Holocaust. This film is a must see. I hope that the American public sees it as well. If you are not willing to see it, please don't watch it. That's my advice to the filmmakers and everyone else who has an interest in the Serbs.

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