I Am Another You

I Am Another You

DVD - 2018
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"When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow) first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she eventually encounters a charismatic young drifter named Dylan. Fascinated by his rejection of society's rules and unsure of his past, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that spans years, takes her across America, and explores the meaning of freedom. But as Nanfu delves deeper into Dylan's world, she discovers something that calls her entire worldview into question"-From container.
Publisher: [New York City] : Filmrise, [2018]
Edition: Fullscreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Mar 18, 2019

Dylan is just simply a "potsmoker" - lazy person who's mother filled the dishwasher while Dylan was simply looking on while she was doing it while he grew up. My Cchildren grew up the other way - I watch while they fill up the dishwasher. Today my kids are smart, hardworking Canadian Citizens and great scoring scholars. Blame Dylan's misfortunes on his parents and ignorant dad!.
The movie maker however gave us a good insight re- the consequences of potsmoking and drinking on the human mind - seeing all the "images" and "voices" so familiar to Canadian youth who smoke pot!. Nothing too new here.

Movie very average in story telling but great effort for a young Chinese Girl showing her talents. Good for her!

Oct 19, 2018

I scoff at people who say we don't have the resources and then go hide in their gated communities. We have enough for everyone. We are too irrational, too fearful, too indifferent. We could all make a difference by selling our vehicles and demand a huge increase in public transportation. I believe that would be a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the only way most people will give up their privileged assets is to have them taken away. Look at the numbers though, there's sure a lot more civilians then there are security. The people could easily take over the streets if they simply has the drive.

Oct 13, 2018

When Nanfu Wang decides to follow Dylan Olsen, with his permission, to roam across the country in his search of 'freedom,' she exposes, through her camera lenses, the mysteries of the giant issue of the affliction of homelessness. Dylan comes from a comfortable and structured middle-class family based in Utah under responsible and caring married parents and high-achieving younger siblings roughly his age, and he is above-average bright, articulate, and has natural gifts for writing, where he developed his talent throughout his adolescence and until he dropped out of college. So why did he choose this lifestyle and all the apparent hardships that come with it, given his background?

Nanfu is a natural storyteller, and she also has a talent for instinctively selecting her subject with intention and with meticulous care. She joins Dylan on a one-month journey as transients, travelling from place to place, meeting a multitude of persons along the way and where people naturally gravitate toward and are generous with Dylan, even finding dinner in a garbage can, and finding respite with minimal sleeping gear, and it looks as dangerous as it really is, all across the country. It's difficult to preserve the natural pace of her storytelling without exposing significant parts of it, and there are many parts that are significant, but I feel, in this case, it's worth discussing, at least parts of it for the weight of its sheer content. What is often the case, as eventually discovered and experienced through Nanfu, is that there's more to the story than is ostensibly offered -- perhaps due to shame, denial, weakness, delusion, preponderant culture, a slew of reasons, and sometimes a collision course of multiple reasons that only serve to confuse the matter, entangling it further and obfuscating it from speedier resolution -- and in Dylan's case, this is no exception.

Dylan is young, resourceful, and capable, so he has that on his side, and he is attractive in a way that his surfer good looks are accentuated the longer he is exposed on the streets, for the meantime at least, as compared to other homeless folk who surround him, and whom have harshly weathered their circumstance with hardened reality and oftentimes crippled options, and this deserves ponderance. Nanfu, at one point, insightfully observes, 'What is the difference between Dylan and the others around him who are also homeless?' And there are huge differences between the recent transients and the long-term, chronic homeless population and what they each represent, which she touches again later in the film, but from here, Nanfu moves on to continue her storytelling.

This is the first part of the story, and I prefer that potential viewers actually watch this film because it is simply fascinating viewing on what occurs next, and next, and next, as an expression through Nanfu's documentary filmmaking. There was a person who wrote, 'Please be stronger than your past, for the future may still give you a chance,' and although I didn't quite understand this phrase at the time, I consider the writer to be one who has a natural gift for writing, and also a person who is often misunderstood. Every once in a while we stumble upon people who possess a voice so elegant, perhaps to a fault, or perhaps by design, no matter, that it causes pause for which it requires one to seek the essence that affords a preciousness to exist, some place, somewhere, in order for them to be heard. I wish I could freely discuss and explore more of this film like when the question is posed, 'What happens when you get older, what will that look like?,' by those who consequently become savvier through the years as a by-product of exercised survival skills, but I think it's crucial that people view and then later consider this film: I find that it's an eviscerating story to bear witness to and, as Dylan says in a kind of cavernous expression, in one form or another, throughout, to listen without prejudice.


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