A poetic journey from the darkness of dawn into the brightness of the midday sun in the American South. Filmed over the course of six months on one bus route in Durham, North Carolina, Sun Song is a celebration of light and a meditation on leaving.
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Wow, one of the most transcendent works I have seen in a long time. Who would have thought you could turn a bus ride into a thing of such luminous beauty.. is a unique work crossing travelogue with something of Dorsky, and documentary D :D
The dancing light was mesmerizing and these faces on the bus sure seem familiar. I think audio would have enhanced the overall effect of the film, but I appreciated the use of the camera in the cinema of attractions tradition—a medium of moving images.
There was a point where watching this I had an incredibly visceral reaction that nearly provoked anxiety in me. And all that was happening was people riding a bus. In silence, and with the light of the rising sun coming through the windows and both illuminating and casting shadow over the interior landscape of a North Carolina public transit vehicle and its residents.
This is why I am a Mubi fan! Wish we saw more of this kind of thing. I love the bus as rolling observatory/eyeball/camera/cinema analogue. And on the one hand, Rosa Parks would be much happier nowadays on the bus, but she might not be happy that her people are often stuck riding the bus long distances with multiple changes to have access to work far from home while wealthy folks drive SUVs and can live closer to work
the beauty of the mundane. the rhythm of the ordinary. arcs of flame
crawl over smooth metal. a mother's love. a long trip.
the morning sky forming above a corridor of streetlights. the sun casts
luminous fog across window glass. light causes shadow to flicker playfully.
a smile a watchful eye something is said.
Ever seen black folk sitting on the bus? I have. "The more I lived and worked in Durham, the more vividly I began to see that many legacies of slavery and racism were alive and well." Oh really?!?....what a revelation. I bet Mr. Wanek hid his camera under his coat. Or maybe he just stuck it in their faces like he was at the city zoo. By the way, Sun Ra was from Alabama, New York and Philly, not North Carolina.