Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Harlan County USA

This Oscar winning documentary blew me away with it's pastiche of protest music, raw human spirit, collective struggle and sense of authentic place. The movie astonished me both because it successfully transcended so many conventions of cinematic storytelling (no main character, only vague allusions to sequentiality), but it also successfully located me in a very specific world and depicted many human beings doing their best, doing true things and speaking with the sort of local eloquence that is rarely found in any contemporary public sphere.