Wednesday, May 06, 2009

"Without Awareness, There Is Moral and Mental Death."

This film is Charles Laird's 2004 Through These Eyes. It's 55 minutes, and well worth it. It speaks directly to the Great Euroidiocy of the Moment, the proper response to which would be massive trade retaliation, but this is not a proper world.

An American elementary school program from the 1970s, Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), looked to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic to help students see their own society in a new way. At its core was The Netsilik Film Series, an acclaimed benchmark of visual anthropology from the National Film Board that captured a year in the life of an Inuit family, reconstructing an ancient culture on the cusp of contact with the outside world. But the graphic images of the Netsilik people created a clash of values that tore rifts in communities across the U.S. and revealed a fragile relationship between politics and education. A fiery national debate ensued between academic and conservative forces.


Blogger IceClass said...

You must've knocked them speechless with this one Terry.

11:04 AM  
Blogger BustaGrill said...

What an excellent film. Thanks for sharing.

11:39 AM  
Blogger IceClass said...

"I’m not an expert on the Inuit. But if they can mine and sell gas, diamonds, gold and heavy metals, they can certainly ship in some tofu. If everyone had as much respect for animals and the sacrifice they make for humans as [they do] for native cultures, this world would be a much better place."

Laura Ireland Moore - Director National Centre for Animal Law

7:20 AM  

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