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

From: wmvh <>
Date: Thu Jun 17 00:54:01 2004

its sounds to be a gutsy and honest look at people's attitudes. you cant create a solution without identifying and understanding the problem, many do not even recognize there is a problem.

there is a cantakerous world outside the boundaries of Sudbury that can not be wished away. you should be proud of the part sudbury played in developing this artist's keen eye.

William Van Horn

 --- On Mon 06/14, David Rovner < > wrote:
From: David Rovner [mailto:]
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 12:10:43 +0200
Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS graduate in the news

<br><br>&quot;They&quot; will keep &quot;building&quot; problems and &quot;we&quot;' will keep &quot;building&quot;<br>solutions ?<br><br>~ David<br><br><br>----- Original Message -----<br>From: &quot;Heidi Crane&quot; &lt;;<br>To: &lt;;<br>Sent: Monday, June 14, 2004 3:03 AM<br>Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS graduate in the news<br><br><br>&gt; By making such documentaries, maybe this woman will &quot;build&quot; a way to SOLVE<br>&gt; some of the problems mentioned.<br>&gt;<br>&gt; sheesh<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Heidi<br>&gt;<br>&gt;<br>&gt; &gt;From: &quot;David Rovner&quot; &lt;;<br>&gt; &gt;Reply-To:<br>&gt; &gt;To: &lt;;<br>&gt; &gt;Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS graduate in the news<br>&gt; &gt;Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 18:17:12 +0200<br>&gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt;It's a pity you have to put your abilities to test by means of
wars,<br>local<br>&gt; &gt;and/or foreign -- instead of &quot;building&quot; something !!<br>&gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt;~ David<br>&gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt;----- Original Message -----<br>&gt; &gt;From: &quot;Mike Sadofsky&quot; &lt;;<br>&gt; &gt;To: &lt;;;<br>&gt; &gt;&lt;;<br>&gt; &gt;Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 2:00 PM<br>&gt; &gt;Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] SVS graduate in the news<br>&gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; An article concerning a Sudbury Valley School graduate appears today<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; in the MetroWest Daily News, a Framingham based newspaper.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; Article text follows:<br>&gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;Filming the ravages of war: After winning Peabody Award, Holliston<br>&gt; &gt;native<br>&gt; &gt;set to focus on Iraq<br>&gt; &g
t; &gt; &gt;By Mary Greendale / News Correspondent<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;Sunday, June 13, 2004What does Laura Poitras, formerly of Holliston,<br>&gt; &gt;have<br>&gt; &gt;in common with Tom Brokaw of NBC and with &quot;60 Minutes&quot;?<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; Recently, they each received a Peabody Award, considered the<br>most<br>&gt; &gt;prestigious award for excellence in broadcast media. Poitras co-produced<br>&gt; &gt;and<br>&gt; &gt;filmed the documentary film &quot;Flag Wars&quot; with Linda Goode Bryant.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; Now, with the Peabody added to her curriculum vita, Poitras is<br>off<br>&gt; &gt;to Iraq to film the U.S. and coalition nation-building efforts.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; Olde Towne East in Columbus, Ohio, the scene for &quot;Flag Wars,&quot;<br>&gt; &gt;bears<br>&gt; &gt;some resemblance to Iraq in that both are about conflicts that arise when<br>&gt; &gt;outsiders arrive and impose change on existin
g residents.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &quot;Flag Wars&quot; reveals the battle for the identity of a<br>neighborhood<br>&gt; &gt;of<br>&gt; &gt;working-class blacks. The newcomers were white gays and lesbians who were<br>&gt; &gt;unwelcome in the suburbs.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; Their considerable resources and close-knit network made it<br>&gt; &gt;possible<br>&gt; &gt;for them to restore large, dilapidated houses to splendor. Gays proudly<br>&gt; &gt;hung<br>&gt; &gt;rainbow flags off front porches and in response, &quot;blacks hung Black<br>&gt; &gt;National<br>&gt; &gt;flags. Flags punctuated the landscape,&quot; Poitras said.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; To Poitras, &quot;(This situation) provides a fascinating set of<br>&gt; &gt;complex<br>&gt; &gt;questions to explore. Would these two groups, who are both outsiders in<br>the<br>&gt; &gt;larger society, find common ground? How would class, race and sexuality<br>&gt; &gt;impact how
 e communities were, and were not, able to live together?&quot;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; Poitras explained, &quot;I'm interested in making documentaries that<br>&gt; &gt;honestly reveal human struggle and contradictions, and that don't provide<br>&gt; &gt;easy answers. I'm also interested in making films that both make people<br>&gt; &gt;uncomfortable and ask people to recognize the humanity that we all<br>share.&quot;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &quot;Flag Wars&quot;follows the stories of two blacks and a white lesbian<br>&gt; &gt;Realtor. Linda Mitchell, a black woman with many emotional and medical<br>&gt; &gt;problems, defiantly paints &quot;not for sale&quot; on her house.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; She is dragged into the legal system when she cannot pay to<br>repair<br>&gt; &gt;her house, which is in violation of building codes. After following her<br>&gt; &gt;travails through the system, encountering some poignant and some humorous
<br>&gt; &gt;moments, the film closes with the lesbian Realtor, Nina, showing<br>Mitchell's<br>&gt; &gt;house to prospective buyers after Mitchell's death.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; The Realtor was unhappy with the film's portrayal of her, but<br>&gt; &gt;Poitras was &quot;pretty surprised that Nina was so unhappy with it. Others<br>were<br>&gt; &gt;happy. If the neighbors had organized to help Linda Mitchell fix up her<br>&gt; &gt;house or raise money for her, that would have been a different story, but<br>&gt; &gt;that's not what happened.&quot;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; The filmmaker explained that the story led them to film a<br>&gt; &gt;conservative minister tearing the rainbow flag from the pole at the State<br>&gt; &gt;House as well as the police guarding the Ku Klux Klan at a parade to show<br>&gt; &gt;&quot;there was a larger discrimination that the neighborhood had to confront.<br>&gt; &gt;(All of that) puts the film into con.&quot;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt;
&gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; A Boston critic suggested that the picture left viewers<br>&quot;wondering<br>&gt; &gt;(where) the big picture went,&quot; but declared the film worth seeing.<br>Poitras<br>&gt; &gt;responds by saying, &quot;I am not a teacher trying to communicate<br>information.<br>&gt; &gt;Rather, I'm interested in finding stories that are unfolding in the<br>moment,<br>&gt; &gt;where I and the audience don't know where the journey will lead.&quot;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; Although she lived in a small town, Poitras explained that<br>Sudbury<br>&gt; &gt;Valley School in Framingham, the alternative school she attended from<br>ages<br>&gt; &gt;4-17, had &quot;the philosophy that children are naturally curious and<br>&gt; &gt;self-motivated to learn. I spent a lot of my time as a kid doing creative<br>&gt; &gt;things -- drawing, painting. I grew up in the late '60s, early '70s,<br>which<br>&gt; &gt;was a very radical, counterculture time. Sudbury Valley was also a very
<br>&gt; &gt;radical place, philosophically. So I guess it didn't feel so small town<br>&gt; &gt;because of what was happening in the world and what I saw on TV.&quot;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; Asked if she was afraid about going to Iraq, she said, &quot;I'd be<br>&gt; &gt;crazy<br>&gt; &gt;not to be, but I will learn as much as I can about personal security<br>before<br>&gt; &gt;I go.&quot;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; She will be embedded in the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Unit, a<br>highly<br>&gt; &gt;specialized division. These are not soldiers of war, but non-combat Army<br>&gt; &gt;Reservists who are civilian experts in language, judicial and cultural<br>&gt; &gt;affairs.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; They volunteer for yearlong service in war zones to help<br>stabilize<br>&gt; &gt;civilian populations. Poitras will film at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and take<br>three<br>&gt; &gt;trips to Iraq between June and January 2005 to record events as Iraq<br>m
 <br>&gt; &gt;to sovereignty.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; About &quot;Flag Wars,&quot; Poitras said, &quot;I hope that people recognize<br>the<br>&gt; &gt;similarities between people. They make different choices, have different<br>&gt; &gt;values, but maybe the story can build a bridge for understanding.&quot; The<br>same<br>&gt; &gt;might be said for her upcoming work in Iraq.<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;<br>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;( &quot;Flag Wars&quot; airs Tuesday, June 15 on PBS WGBH Channel 44 at 9 p.m.<br>As<br>&gt; &gt;Chris Barry of said, &quot;Put simply, this is a documentary<br>&gt; &gt;that<br>&gt; &gt;you really should see. It might make you look at your own attitudes to<br>your<br>&gt; &gt;neighbors just a )<br><br>_______________________________________________<br>Discuss-sudbury-model mailing list<br><br>

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