In my previous blog post I talked about my experience at HIFF. I wanted to take a new direction with this post and explore the film and its ideals further. I watched the United Kingdom film Slow West, directed by John Maclean. The film and festival far surpassed my expectations.
16-year-old love stricken teenager Jay represents an innocence as naïve boy whose main concern is being reunited with his hometown “love” to live happily ever after. He is faced with hardship around every corner. He experiences angry natives and colonists alike. He is faced with the decision to save an acquainted brute, or kill a desperate, irrational woman. Furthermore, he comes across a gang of brutes who spare his life several times. Even more trying than all those encounters is what happens when he finally reaches his love, Rose.
I am not going to completely spoil the movie because I hope to intrigue you enough to give it a view. Slow West portrays friendship, and good hearted people. On the contrary, it portrays the negative effects of what money and power can do to mankind. So many different perceptions and emotions are displayed throughout the film. These emotions whether similar or opposite can relate to a wide-ranging audience.
Film’s versatility is one of its best attributes in my opinion. It can speak across cultures and languages, and it can communicate more clearly than a detailed report of words. My experiences in Hawaii have introduced me not only to the beauty of film, but to the beauty of art as a whole. From my understanding, our society is evolving more rapid and vastly than it has in the past. There are endless mediums of communication, faster forms of travel, more languages and cultures, and the list of “more” goes on. With all these differences it is easy to forget how much we all have in common. Film and art have the power to reach out and grab us, to unite us and remind us that we aren’t an accumulation of differences. We all experience hardship, struggle, love and hate, triumph and disappointment. We are all human.
I want to first express how thankful I am to be in Hawaii furthering my education. Hawaii Pacific University has granted me with the opportunity to explore my passions, and grow in terms of who I want to be and what I want to accomplish. Second, I want to thank the Hawaii International Film Festival and Professor Britos collectively for their help in leading me to focus on art this year. I have taken a keen interest in the language of art. This leads me to the reason behind this expression of thanks. I want to share a film that I found during some study-break web surfing this week.
The film below is an explanation of film maker Richard Mosse’s recent exploration to Congo, and how he chose to portray his findings. I interpret the video as a beautiful portrayal of perception and the unseen. I hope you enjoy!