It is like an introduction to the longer version of this film; in other words, it is more like a teaser. It was nice to see the scenes from the camping area, the people's coming together for a cause and the feeling of solidarity. Yet, I would like to see more.
Slappy McGee hits it exactly right...."a short documentary with a definite agenda a clear message. Beautiful photography throughout." A brief glimpse into an important (and polarizing) event. You get it or you don't. You support or you hate. This made me feel a piece of the love I imagine must have been there. Nobody did this for fun or profit, but for love and belief. That's a certainty.
An interesting window into the Standing Rock protests of 2016. While beautifully edited, the young narrorator ruined it for me. Their sentences weren't cohesive and they seemed timid to be talking and it made me uncomfortable. I think without the narrators audio this film could have been much better. There was great use of contrast and colors and it gave insight into daily life at Standing Rock.
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.
Beware, rant ahead... I'm "white", but no white "saviour"...Sure, the Natives weren't perfect, (show me a perfect person, and I'll buy you glasses) but they were spiritually rich and good land-stewards, something that DAPL has brought out of many of us... c'mon people, this is our planet, & obsolete energies like oil will leave our planet looking like a valley full of dead, rotting bison (look it up)...Dump Trump!
I really liked the way this documentary was shot. The opening shot of the person sitting on the ground on the right side of the frame with the color contrast of the blue sky with the golden ground looked stunning. The sun shinning from behind the persons head was also really nice. I also liked the long panning shot of the tents of people that lived at the camp. It helped show just how vast the camp really is.
Dislocation Blues is a powerful documentary about the Standing Rock protests. Two protesters gave interviews about the conditions the people were living in, and how they feel they are being oppressed by white government. The short documentary made me feel their pain and understand their view point, so I'd say the film did it's job. The images and camera effects were extraordinarily moving.
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.
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.
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.