6.20.2011

Documentary Update- Manufactured Landscape



Happy Monday Everyone!
I hope everyone's weekend was splendid! Mine def. was a bit crazy working all weekend but I'm so happy to have today off to relax.


Last Thursday, Zach and I went to Princess Cafe in Uptown Waterloo and watched a documentary called Manufactured Landscape. This was def. up "Zach's alley" because his favourite things to watch are Discovery Channel and National Geographic + I love anything social justice related so we thought we would give it a try. 


A little background on the documentary:
 - Edward Burtynsky is a photographer and travelled around the world observing it. He basically looked at multi national corporations and manufacturing and took pictures and film of what he saw. This film was released in 2006 and won a few awards including Best Canadian Film by Toronto International Film Festival.


Here are some of my thoughts/reflections and challenges from the documentary!


1) It's a slow moving film- this bothered me at first because it felt like the introduction would never end but it showed how long tasks took in real time and captured the essence of pondering each photo and camera shot and looking at all the details
2) This film had no bias (and not a lot of talking!) I really loved this aspect of the film because Burtynsky didn't tell the viewer that making people work long hours is destructive or the fact that they are breathing in toxic chemicals will kill them- he just showed us and allowed the viewer to make their own conclusions about the different shots around the world- I personally thought this idea was brilliant!
3)The film showcased a lot of people working in factories and in jobs and the whole time I thought "what if I worked there" "what if that was me". These thoughts cross my mind often and I believe its important to reflect on what people are going through today- and every time I do I complain less and less. For example, in this film you meet a girl named Tam Yangfan. She assembles 400 units a day without overtime and has been doing this same job for 6 years!


4) At the end of the film Burtynsky said that "he feels people don't want to give up their comfortable lifestyle but they realize from [his] work that something isn't right."
I couldn't agree more!
We know people are starving, children are dying, people are forced into slavery today more than ever. We are aware of these facts but how often do we change our lifestyle choice? and if you can't change - why not? What is holding you back? These are just a few questions that I have been struggling and pondering with for the past few years. This documentary enabled me to reflect on them more and more.


I challenge you to ponder the above quote in point 4.  Would you say that statement is true in your life or are you doing something?


Thanks for reading my thoughts again!


Mads.

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