Social capital for the present zeitgeist, Bo Burnham's Inside captures and reflects the cracks in neoliberalism's surface to a wide audience. While it is by no stretch perfect or sufficiently revolutionary, in this Instrumentalist's opinion, this is required viewing.
Another banger on Means TV, Life is But a Dream follows the settler colonial experience in occupied Palestine from the perspective of an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish settler family. This doc provides a much needed look at the conditions which produce settlers and the labor that they put up with doing in their escape from capitalism's money fetishism.
All of this is done without narration nor a single talking head; pure documentation of the subjects lived lives, their thoughts and interactions; a wonderful complement to any examination the occupation of Palestine.
I cried, as a disabled person in the States I am indebted to all the activists in this film. Most days I don't live up to their sacrifices, but the following quote really resonated with me:
"The world doesn't want us alive, it wants us dead." -Corbett O' Toole, Disabled activist
Over 50% of Covid-19 deaths have been from disabled folk. Prisons are the number one 'mental-healthcare provider'. Clinically depressed folks go unmedicated, who cannot pursue happiness without SSRIs. Disabled folks do not have the rights to life, liberty, or pursuit in the States.
Power to all disabled people ✊🏻
I was enticed to watch this film after seeing that one reviewer was cured of a chronic illness after having watched it. In my case, it brought mine back.
Tie Xi Qu is an incredibly intimate gaze into the 90s. Wang Bing manages to create a level of comfort between subjects and camera that previously I would have considered impossible. Subjects freely strip naked, admit to crimes, get into fights, break down, even read out their poorly written teenage love…