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41 Ratings

The Illinois Parables

Directed by Deborah Stratman
United States, 2016
Documentary, Avant-Garde


From dreamy aerial opening shots, we are sent on an expedition through the storied land of our fifth most populous state, Illinois, often called a miniature version of America.

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The Illinois Parables Directed by Deborah Stratman
Chicago-based artist Deborah Stratman has been using her 16mm camera to hunt down meaning in exterior and interior spaces for going on 30 years now. In The Illinois Parables, she tells 11 obliquely affecting stories, located at once in the past and present, of human dramas that played/are playing out in her home state.
January 13, 2017
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While Stratman’s eye for lost landscapes is striking, the film is also a showcase for her characteristically evocative sound design, associative montage, and meticulous research… What emerges is a disquieting sense of the inextricability of history and place, the feeling that time haunts the landscape in deep and tangible ways.
January 02, 2017
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At a time when America’s marginalized once again face an uncertain future, Deborah Stratman’s wise, rueful essay The Illinois Parablesserves as a timely reminder that history has always pressed hardest on the disenfranchised. Stratman’s approach is akin to a precise archeological excavation performed on the oft-ravishing landscapes of the Prairie State that pepper her film.
December 09, 2016
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