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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA
Make Our Garden Grow + Nuclear explosions
Candide + Nitrate decayed footage of children riding bikes
Gershwin Preludes + Mothers throwing knives at children
The American Dissonance concert surpassed my expectations.
Musical, filmic, and performative dissonance threaded throughout the concert.
The interaction between performance, which rooted my thoughts firmly in the moment, and projection, which evoked the United States' history, got me to think about the complex dissonances that cycle through our society.
The number that stuck with me after the performance was the collision between Simple Gifts, a Quaker hymn arranged by Aaron Copeland and played on piano by Dr. Deborah Martin and Dr. Jairo Geronymo, with archival footage of military drills, naval wreckage, and explosions, constructed by Insights International.
American culture is equally indebted to Quaker pacifism and military dominance.
I struggled to understand how these two opposing ideologies could function within American society. Our military is anything but simple with its colossal budget and installations across the globe. However, it argues its actions strive to bestow the gift of being free, to allow the simple life to be lived thanks to the sacrifice of servicemen and women.
I struggle to see how war and destruction could bring us to the valley of love and delight.
Could Americans get their simple gifts without a militarized nation?
Does fighting preserve simple gifts for the societies the U.S. military intends to save through intervention?
Whose simple gifts do we deny through American military actions?