Filmed during the 2016 Standing Rock protests in South Dakota, Sky Hopinka’s Dislocation Blues offers a portrait of the movement and its water protectors, refuting grand narratives and myth-making in favour of individual testimonials.
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Because of our needs in the current political moment, the camp at Standing Rock became a somewhat one-dimensional symbol of resistance. This short film doesn't dwell on the mixed nature of the camp experience, but it does call attention to it and cautions against romanticizing the history. One testimonial in particular wrestles with the multiple types of dislocation that often arise during intense communal actions.
For someone from outside the USA watching this documentary, I felt it was made for people familiar with the context and what actually happened. I don't think it really helps "the cause" - if there is any behind it. What I think however, is that this would serve as a great introduction for a full length feature as it offers an intriguing glimpse of what took place there and wants you to learn more...
Beautifully edited short about Standing Rock. Not so much about the aftermath of the movement but more about the romanticism of such an action and the way we perceive it. How you remember these special days. If you stay connected to the reality or not. No doubt Hopinka is a talented filmmaker but it is either too short or too messy to really be impactful.
I would've needed a better understanding of spoken English to properly understand this movie, still I'm not seeking meaningful sentences in movies so... Beautiful, rethorical images, not even as good as an iPhone commercial.
An intriguingly simple and powerful documentary that brings us briefly inside the Standing Rock camp. Terrific photography. I would hope this is just the teaser for a long form documentary on the same subject.
I found the short documentary interesting more than anything. The short documentary was depicting how time was spent at Spirit Camp. There were so many people at the camp relaxing and enjoying the company of others without fighting or extensive amount of electricity. While watching, I felt like everyone at the camp was trying to get away from modern times and go back in time.
Avant garde? Yeahh. ...nahhh, I don't think so. Like most reasonable people, I didn't need winning over to the cause. The dreadful narrative seemed determined to avert me though haha. My advice is, if you're going to be dogmatic, or say nothing, approach both with brave conviction and we'll decide the rest.