Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS graduate in the news

From: David Rovner <rovners_at_netvision.net.il>
Date: Mon Jun 14 05:09:00 2004

"They" will keep "building" problems and "we"' will keep "building"
solutions ?

~ David

----- Original Message -----
From: "Heidi Crane" <bunsofaluminum60_at_hotmail.com>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2004 3:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS graduate in the news

> By making such documentaries, maybe this woman will "build" a way to SOLVE
> some of the problems mentioned.
>
> sheesh
>
> Heidi
>
>
> >From: "David Rovner" <rovners_at_netvision.net.il>
> >Reply-To: discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org
> >To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
> >Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS graduate in the news
> >Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 18:17:12 +0200
> >
> >
> >It's a pity you have to put your abilities to test by means of wars,
local
> >and/or foreign -- instead of "building" something !!
> >
> >~ David
> >
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Mike Sadofsky" <sadofsky_at_comcast.net>
> >To: <demstartup_at_aramis.sudval.org>;
> ><discuss-sudbury-model_at_aramis.sudval.org>
> >Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 2:00 PM
> >Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS graduate in the news
> >
> >
> > > An article concerning a Sudbury Valley School graduate appears today
> > > in the MetroWest Daily News, a Framingham based newspaper.
> > >
> > > http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/artsCulture/view.bg?articleid=70621
> > >
> > > Article text follows:
> > >
> > >
> > > >Filming the ravages of war: After winning Peabody Award, Holliston
> >native
> >set to focus on Iraq
> > > >By Mary Greendale / News Correspondent
> > > >Sunday, June 13, 2004What does Laura Poitras, formerly of Holliston,
> >have
> >in common with Tom Brokaw of NBC and with "60 Minutes"?
> > > >
> > > > Recently, they each received a Peabody Award, considered the
most
> >prestigious award for excellence in broadcast media. Poitras co-produced
> >and
> >filmed the documentary film "Flag Wars" with Linda Goode Bryant.
> > > >
> > > > Now, with the Peabody added to her curriculum vita, Poitras is
off
> >to Iraq to film the U.S. and coalition nation-building efforts.
> > > >
> > > > Olde Towne East in Columbus, Ohio, the scene for "Flag Wars,"
> >bears
> >some resemblance to Iraq in that both are about conflicts that arise when
> >outsiders arrive and impose change on existing residents.
> > > >
> > > > "Flag Wars" reveals the battle for the identity of a
neighborhood
> >of
> >working-class blacks. The newcomers were white gays and lesbians who were
> >unwelcome in the suburbs.
> > > >
> > > > Their considerable resources and close-knit network made it
> >possible
> >for them to restore large, dilapidated houses to splendor. Gays proudly
> >hung
> >rainbow flags off front porches and in response, "blacks hung Black
> >National
> >flags. Flags punctuated the landscape," Poitras said.
> > > >
> > > > To Poitras, "(This situation) provides a fascinating set of
> >complex
> >questions to explore. Would these two groups, who are both outsiders in
the
> >larger society, find common ground? How would class, race and sexuality
> >impact how these communities were, and were not, able to live together?"
> > > >
> > > > Poitras explained, "I'm interested in making documentaries that
> >honestly reveal human struggle and contradictions, and that don't provide
> >easy answers. I'm also interested in making films that both make people
> >uncomfortable and ask people to recognize the humanity that we all
share."
> > > >
> > > > "Flag Wars"follows the stories of two blacks and a white lesbian
> >Realtor. Linda Mitchell, a black woman with many emotional and medical
> >problems, defiantly paints "not for sale" on her house.
> > > >
> > > > She is dragged into the legal system when she cannot pay to
repair
> >her house, which is in violation of building codes. After following her
> >travails through the system, encountering some poignant and some humorous
> >moments, the film closes with the lesbian Realtor, Nina, showing
Mitchell's
> >house to prospective buyers after Mitchell's death.
> > > >
> > > > The Realtor was unhappy with the film's portrayal of her, but
> >Poitras was "pretty surprised that Nina was so unhappy with it. Others
were
> >happy. If the neighbors had organized to help Linda Mitchell fix up her
> >house or raise money for her, that would have been a different story, but
> >that's not what happened."
> > > >
> > > > The filmmaker explained that the story led them to film a
> >conservative minister tearing the rainbow flag from the pole at the State
> >House as well as the police guarding the Ku Klux Klan at a parade to show
> >"there was a larger discrimination that the neighborhood had to confront.
> >(All of that) puts the film into con."
> > > >
> > > > A Boston critic suggested that the picture left viewers
"wondering
> >(where) the big picture went," but declared the film worth seeing.
Poitras
> >responds by saying, "I am not a teacher trying to communicate
information.
> >Rather, I'm interested in finding stories that are unfolding in the
moment,
> >where I and the audience don't know where the journey will lead."
> > > >
> > > > Although she lived in a small town, Poitras explained that
Sudbury
> >Valley School in Framingham, the alternative school she attended from
ages
> >4-17, had "the philosophy that children are naturally curious and
> >self-motivated to learn. I spent a lot of my time as a kid doing creative
> >things -- drawing, painting. I grew up in the late '60s, early '70s,
which
> >was a very radical, counterculture time. Sudbury Valley was also a very
> >radical place, philosophically. So I guess it didn't feel so small town
> >because of what was happening in the world and what I saw on TV."
> > > >
> > > > Asked if she was afraid about going to Iraq, she said, "I'd be
> >crazy
> >not to be, but I will learn as much as I can about personal security
before
> >I go."
> > > >
> > > > She will be embedded in the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Unit, a
highly
> >specialized division. These are not soldiers of war, but non-combat Army
> >Reservists who are civilian experts in language, judicial and cultural
> >affairs.
> > > >
> > > > They volunteer for yearlong service in war zones to help
stabilize
> >civilian populations. Poitras will film at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and take
three
> >trips to Iraq between June and January 2005 to record events as Iraq
moves
> >to sovereignty.
> > > >
> > > > About "Flag Wars," Poitras said, "I hope that people recognize
the
> >similarities between people. They make different choices, have different
> >values, but maybe the story can build a bridge for understanding." The
same
> >might be said for her upcoming work in Iraq.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >( "Flag Wars" airs Tuesday, June 15 on PBS WGBH Channel 44 at 9 p.m.
As
> >Chris Barry of EfilmCritic.com said, "Put simply, this is a documentary
> >that
> >you really should see. It might make you look at your own attitudes to
your
> >neighbors just a )
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