Film, Emotions, Us, and Them – Virtual Platform

|Film, Emotions, Us, and Them – Virtual Platform
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Hugh Taft-Morales

Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

Film has the ability to bring people together and to drive them apart. Ken Burn’s The Civil War portrayed the conflict in a way that highlighted our shared identity as Americans. Bringing people together is partially what led Burns to become a storyteller. At the same time, film can accentuate tribal divisions, such as the Nazi propaganda films of Leni Riefenstahl. In our new pandemic reality, as we burn through our Netflix offerings, how should we understand film? As the election nears, and campaigns hurl manipulative political videos at us, how should we process cinematic efforts that unite us and divide us?

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