Prayer begins as an apparent ode to supplication, with slow-motion images of Muslims prostrating themselves en masse mixed with close-ups of children with eyes shut tightly and hands folded.It is one response to the events of September 11, 2001.
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It's not the leveling between faiths that's the most powerful.
It's the way the images are used to place the viewer in the unusual point of view of looking at the prayer.
The director reveals the universal obsession that puts everyone on the edge of radicalism.
The groups could be men facing a military leader.
The Statue is there at the end to say that we are all dependent on the symbols that are given to us.
Maybe if the ambiguity was intentional, to stimulate contemplation/conversation... But no, benevolently-intentioned or not, his films - the few I've seen - leave me just slightly cold. There's something missing. Love, or any other passion. Smart & soulless. Still, beautiful imagery; evocative. And precisely devised montage lends itself cleverly (manipulatively?) to multiple interpretations. Hm. Maybe in context?*
You ever see that video where some people place a giant mirror and a camera in the jungle to see how the wildlife would react to it's own reflection? Most of the animals felt frightened and threatened by the sight of themselves, and some even tried to attack the mirror. Seems to me like that't kind of what xenophobia is like. The irrational fear of what we see as foreign, even though we're all inherently the same.
There is something remarkable in the simplicity of this piece that matches the sincere expressions on the faces of children as they pray. Rosenblatt really trusts the images to be able to awaken that all too often dormant part of us. And it works!
3 minute long manifestation of American propaganda and xenophobia combined. If only could I travel back in time, I'd have rather spent the time looking out my window, which most likely would be more informative about the world that we live in, than this feature. Even within the context of 9/11 this seems quite vicious and plants seeds for more violence to unfold for those who can't take some distance. Uninspiring.
Really stop adding crap like that Mubi, shame on you for being such disrespectful with your customers. That piece of shit should not ever being considered a film in the catalog of people paying for your services, add decent stuff guys