Living through the protracted experience of dispossession, Jeff Mitchell alongside others has seen a way through the pain of generations. Some in the Klamath Basin have a collective realization that when one truly knows another there is the vast possibility to transform everything.
This is about one half of a minute. A young girl articulates one of our greatest yearnings. You may well be compelled to watch it over and over again, until its meaning seeps deep into your bones. Which is where it was always intended to live.
This is a film about what democracy truly is. It’s about inclusion. And proximity. And the full undivided attention given to another person. This is so very important. Particularly amongst a seeming intractable conflict.
The United States of America is so obviously fractured. We talk about the symptoms believing they are the cause. But the cause of such human fracture lies deep. But what if we were to gaze deeply into the Soul of this Nation. What if we were to listen to its innermost voice. A voice that exists far beyond the ideas of right and wrong.
In the protracted and often violent Klamath Conflict over land and water there have been those who have led the difficult work towards truth and understanding. Becky is one. Her perspective relevant to all human conflict.
Conflict is universal. I imagine each conflict is reflective of all others. The Klamath Conflict is notorious. I imagine it will reflect shards of your world. If not more. And point to how we might live and work well together.
Filming people with an absence of judgment or condition causes the subject to speak with an entirely original and courageous voice. It’s this voice that I’ve made my films from. This sequence exemplifies the tone of such a voice. A grand starting point if you are new here.
Start with Nothing. No-thing. No act on your part. For this moment in time set down your requirements. Let the experience of each film subject find you, not you them. Like the experience of music. Witnessing is not an act on your part. Let it. Simply let it.
When we come to see each other beyond judgment and without condition we are known. When we are known, we become aware that we belong to each other. And when we become aware that we belong to each other we are compelled to act accordingly, and this world changes for the better. These are essential notes on how best to experience these film portraits.