An extraordinary meditation on the nature of democratic progress in the United States, John Gianvito’s one-of-a-kind documentary journeys from the gravesites to the public markers that document the people and incidents that make up over 400 years of struggle against economic oppression.
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Elegy for the American progressive movement concentrating on labour leaders, women's rights leaders and those who fought for racial equality. Silently told by visiting gravestones and land markers and letting the viewer experience history or just silently pass it by. A gravestone mostly covered in weeds is seen at one point and we can just make out the words 'gone but not forgotten'. One hopes too much isn't lost.
Along with Benning's RR, the most pleasent descovery of the recent year. In my honest opinion this is the mere esence of filmmaking: Provide an atmosphere in where you can construct a whole universe. A gem.
Mostly holds onto it's mood of quiet and distanced rumination, capably wielding a sturdy minimalism that had me deep in thought about graves and our great freedom fighters and searching for the through-line. But then, sadly, jarringly, it convulses in a conclusion as pat as you'd guess a structuralist film inspired by Zinn's A PEOPLE'S HISTORY would. Missed opportunity. These interred heroes deserved a better film.
Una hora parecía poco tiempo para contar como dice la sinopsis la "historia" visual de los USA. Se queda en lo que interesa al director, ¿donde están los caidos en la primera y segunda guerra mundial ?.
Parece que solo le interesa un lado, los sindicalistas y los "native americans".
El remate final de las manifestaciones izquierdistas destapa la verdadera naturaleza panfletaria del documental. Muy malo. 1/10
Brilliant idea. It was shot plates, tombstones and graveyards in order to portray the bloody USA history. You can notice that every ethnicity died on American soil through out the European invasion and colonization of that land.