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the Sundance Film Festival,

draws to a close this weekend.

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hello and welcome to our look back

at this year's Sundance film

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Festival. Highlights from this 11

day independent film extravaganza.

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Sundance belonged to women this year

with numerous films about them and

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buy them. The meat to an times up

movement were major talking points.

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-- me too. Also, the festival

premiere of a live which told the

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history of the famous quartet and

more. And the Festival film Our New

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President looks at how Russian

YouTube and TV channels covered deep

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residential collection. Also, the

intense month long protest over the

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Dakota access pipeline bully

examined in a documentary. All but

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an more in this special Sundance

addition of Talking Movies.

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An activist spirit was evident this

year. People came together to

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protest sexual harassment and

assault of women in the film

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industry. The -- me too movement

prompted much discussion. There was

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an anniversary rally of the women's

march.

This is the year when we said

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to rich, powerful men but you can

break our hearts but you can not

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break hours a rates.

A women's right

lawyer fired up the crowd. So did

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Jane Fonda. Sexual harassment had

been a problem in the world of

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independent film as it has been

elsewhere.

There is no part of the

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film industry that is not affected

by it. Everything has been very

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under the rug for many years. I

guess we are going to be seeing how

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widespread the problem is in the

coming years.

Sundance is the first

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major film festival to take place

since the Harvey Weinstein story

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broke. Some alleged assaults took

place at the festival. To address

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the concerns, the Festival's code of

conduct had been updated.

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Separately, as Steve -- safe space

environment had been set up for

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women to discuss their concerns.

There was solidarity and support

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from Star Wars.

There has been a

tectonic shift. Appeals like people

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have really been listening to women

and everybody is saying things have

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to change. There has been a lot of

hurt, a lot of suffering, a lot of

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the silences, and I really don't

people are going to stand for it

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anymore.

Carey Mulligan thought

there was a need to bring a code of

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conduct into operation on film sets,

as has been the case with the play

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she appeared in.

We all had to look

through the code of conduct, it

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tells you what is expected in the

workplace, it tells you what to do

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if someone steps outside of the code

of conduct. I think really solid

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action plans like that will move us

forward.

Robert Redford's the

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Sundance founder, struck a positive

note the press conference.

I'm

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pretty encouraged right now as this

period of change is, it is bringing

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forth more opportunity for women,

and more opportunity for women in

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film to have their own voices heard.

Not to be forgotten whether films at

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Sundance. There were more than 120

full-length features this year.

We

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noticed the African-American male

experience was really prevalent.

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Especially in our US traffic

competition. We observed also a lot

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of really interesting, complex,

powerful women on screen, both in

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the documentaries, and in the

narrative films.

Moving away from

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films getting a lot of attention at

Sundance work virtual reality

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installations, with one work which

enabled participants to have the

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sensation of touching physical

objects by giving them by breaking

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feedback. There was a virtual

reality world that could shed by

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several people simultaneously. These

VR projects are ingenious but do

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they belong at a film festival?

We

put someone inside of the goggles.

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The person remembers it as something

that has happened to them. That is

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why film-makers are showing interest

in PR and these converging

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technologies around storytelling

cars it gives us more stalls -- more

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tools to tell stories with.

Now,

let's move on and look at some other

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Sundance films in greater detail.

Our New President was one of the

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opening day attractions, it is a

compilation of Russian video

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material, TV broadcast and YouTube

channels and looks at how it

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portrayed the 20 16th US

presidential election. The film had

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been put together by direct to Maxim

Pozdorovkin.

We wanted to try to

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weave together a film made entirely

out of this information. When we

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were initially gathering material,

we wanted every single statement in

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the film to be false and the fact

that we could source Russian

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television and make a film like

that, but basically doesn't have a

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single true statement in it, that

tells something that is horrifying

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and really worrying about the state

of media today in general.

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The material collected denigrates

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and

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places Donald Trump in a flattering

light.

Trump is described as

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behaving like a petition Lord and

been very, post and Obama is seen as

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indecent and man spreading his legs.

There is lots of kind of racial

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connotations about Obama as well.

Sundance audiences responded well to

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the film.

It was fantastic because

you really get a sense of what an

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organisation that wants due

propaganda can achieve. It is an

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incredibly powerful film. It shows

the crazy landscape they are in now,

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in terms of media and the gander. We

are in a society where news media is

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not being trusted anymore. This puts

us in a precarious as ocean and this

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film shows us what happens when it

is at this extreme. I am really

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hoping that people see this and

realise what is at stake.

All the

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ongoing talk of Russian meddling in

the US election gave Our New

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President a lot of currency at

Sundance. It earned positive reviews

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but there were some do tractors who

felt the documentary lacks context

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and structure.

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The film Burden based on a true

story tells of a white supremacist,

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a member of the two clubs and who

underwent a transformation. He

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leaves the clan only to be taken in

by an African-American minister. It

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is a Sundance film with fine

performances.

I'm a Klansman.

Burden

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is set in South Carolina in the

1990s. Mike Burden is a Klansman, he

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espouses their racist beliefs, but

things change when he meets Judy.

He

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ended up falling in love with the

single mother named Judy that made

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him have to face the decision to

stay in love or stay in the clan.

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Then he also meets the Reverend

played by Forest Whitaker who shows

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him an immense amount of hospitality

and warmth and takes him in and

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becomes a redemption story and a

story about love and acceptance and

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accepting who you are in the midst

of a very sort of kind of chaotic

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scenario.

The African-American

minister who takes him under his

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wing has a history of organising

against the clan. He extends himself

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to Mike Burden because he believes

he has two practice what he

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preaches.

Mike is a test for the

Reverend, a test of all the things

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he has ever believed in. We get a

chance to see him go through that,

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we get a chance to see him say, to

his son, if I don't do this, I will

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never be able to switch again. If I

don't try to commit, try to find a

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solution and believe that love is

the answer, I will never be able to

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live by what I believe, I will never

be able to believe -- be the example

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in my community. To the world.

This

story of a black minister saving a

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white supremacist isn't fiction, it

is based on a true story.

I heard

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about it in a blurb in a newspaper

20 years ago. I got in my car and I

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drove down to South Carolina. It is

a wild redemptions Rory. It is

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insane and crazy but it is the fact

that extremes can change, the

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validity change and so when I read

this will be, I'm besieged what the

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story could be, I realised that if

we can understand these people, we

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can gain empathy for them, and

empathy is the beginning of change.

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You get to see a man really

transition in front of your eyes

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because of being introduced to a

better future and a better

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understanding of how life and love

can be.

The kind of racism found in

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South Carolina in the 1990s hasn't

disappeared. Groups that espoused

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isolationism and hatred have done an

under the things that arise

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communities.

The movie has a lot of

relevancy. To try to see if there is

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a solution, what is the path for us

to be able to come together as a

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people.

With Burden at Sundance, the

main audience for reward wasn't the

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film itself but the acting,

particularly Arik Headland, who

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really shines in his role. His

performance in Burden augurs well

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for his future. Among the women

profiled this year are Jane Fonda,

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Rocco Joan Jett and Roos against

Berg. At age 84, Rhys has become

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something of a pop icon. She is

referred to as the notorious

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Abhijit. The candidate white for --

right for profiling.

The Yiddish

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word for grandmother.

In the

documentary, a more intimate life is

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portrayed.

Do you have fake sugar?

There should be some someplace.

Not

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only is Ruth Bader Ginsberg the

doting grandmother, but she has a

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tremendous legal legacy.

How could

you not want to make a documentary

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about Ruth Bader Ginsberg? She has

become in recent years this mega

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celebrity free, like a rock star. A

lot of people that are her biggest

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fans are really know her history,

don't know everything that she has

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accomplished, don't understand the

obstacles she was up against when

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she was a young lawyer, when women

might presuppose to be lawyers, and

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we wanted to tell the whole story.

She agreed to teach a course... The

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film-makers take the story by

November past and the resident. They

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look back and Ruth Bader Ginsberg's

life, student life, her legal

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career, and her current activities.

I telling them something they

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haven't heard before? Are they paid

attention pretty much when people

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think about the women's rights

movement in the 70s with the

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so-called women's lib movement, Ruth

Bader Ginsberg played just a week

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role getting rights for American

women in that era.

She was just

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doing it little more quietly, more

strategically, not in the streets

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but in the courts, but as you will

see in the film, she won a string of

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victories that really started us

down the road towards equal rights

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for women and men under law.

Overall, this documentary is an

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illuminating and flattering portrait

of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and

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inspiring account of a woman who has

led a very full life, both

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professionally and personally.

I ask

no favour for myself. All I ask is

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of our brethren is that they take

defeat of our necks.

It made

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international headlines in 2016,

test over Dakota access pipeline in

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North Dakota. Many Native American

tribes had concerns over this oil

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pipeline. One was that it would leak

and pollute ground water. The

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intense long process was the subject

of a Sundance film.

I welcome you to

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our treaty territory and I thank you

all for being here.

The film shows

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protesters stopping or delaying the

work of the company building the

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pipeline. They locked themselves to

agreement and blocked roads, all to

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preserve what they argue is sacred

land which is lawfully standing

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here. They were arrested and met

with tear gas. The director

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collected a lot of material. A big

challenge was gaining access to film

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the protesters on the front line who

are known as water protectors,

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so-called because they defend the

main water source. The protesters

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were under 24-hour surveillance by

police. The director had to earn

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their trust.

These people didn't

want cameras following them around,

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because of a had footage of them

doing something and the police the

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footage, there would be evidence

against them. Another part of it was

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that they didn't want to be seen

with the camera following them

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everywhere. Respect have to be

earned. Helping build are caves and

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getting tear-gassed a couple dozen

times, and missed several times,

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after a while, I was able to get the

footage needed to tell the story

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properly.

The documentary shows the

final moments of the battle of

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standing Rock in which the water

protectors were pushed off their

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campsite and watched as it was

destroyed. In the Steve of North

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Dakota, there were economic and if

it's. $40 million of revenue in the

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first month. Some view this as

positive.

There was a positive

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aspect. Indigenous people have been

feeling the brunt of free source

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extraction in our territory since

the beginning of colonisation. We

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are the ones that have lost

millions, billions, trillions, if

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you put an economic value on our

territory. We the ones sacrificing

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everything for this.

Though the

outcome of this demonstration can be

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seen as a loss for the water

protectors, the director, as well as

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the activists feel this film can

direct change in the Native American

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community and how they are

perceived.

We have had to continue

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to talk about who we are and people

have this outlook about Native

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Americans, I want this film to show

them, this is us. And we are

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standing up. I have a little money

to my name but this water is

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priceless to me, and I'm going to

fight for it.

Thousands of people

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come throughout the country for this

one moment and although one to do is

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step up.

My intention increasing

this film and reason it to the world

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was to inspire the next generation

of activists. Hope early this film

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can inspire the next generation

after us to build upon what we did.

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The director sees Sundance is a

great home for the film and created

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it with helping him in his

endeavours with the project.

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Sundance is strong on documentaries

and this year there was a live

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documentary, the director provided

narration and the famed Kronos

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Quartet performed. The aim of this

endeavour was above other things to

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tell the story of the quartet.

This

is sunny up on the screen. This is

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us playing down there.

And the many

documentaries, a thousand thoughts

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could be seen as an expanded Cinema

experience.

It is all the elements

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of the film but it happened live so

that our images up on the screen,

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and I am onstage narrating, and

there is a band, music group

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performing a live soundtrack. 1000

Thoughts is a portrait of the band.

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It gets a bigger idea of time and

the ephemeral nature of music and

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life, the power and resilience of

the human spirit.

The

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internationally recognised quartet

was founding 40 use ago in San

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Francisco and the film brings many

artists who have won point

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collaborative with the quartet.

They

have collaborated with tonnes of

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people over the years, from Terry

Riley, Laurie Anderson, lots of

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younger people. I think it has given

them a lot of energy and inspiration

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over the years, to keep working,

different people getting new energy.

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On-screen, the audience sees footage

of Sam Green going through the

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quartet of Mac fast archive. The

direct to believe that this engages

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the audience, especially with Sam

Green as a storyteller.

Here is

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another quote that I like. This one

from Robert Cross. In three words, I

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can suck up -- sum up everything I

have learned about life.

It goes on.

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I liked that Sam is a character. I

saw one of its shows, I really liked

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him as a character. It is in effect,

device, if you will, that I know

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works in documentary. It is

discovery, so when I found this out

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and then I found that out and then I

found that out. It is very generous

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to our audience because they go a

journey with you.

As Sundance

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audiences are much from the event,

they were very impressed.

I think it

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is really call, a lot more

interactive, and you get to feel the

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presence of the artists that are

there, and the emotion they bring to

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the peace, really cool.

Unbelievably

special, life affirming, there are

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no words.

When we think of a string

quartet, we usually think of elderly

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gentleman in black tie and tails but

that is not what this quartet is

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about.

You can't want this on etch

clicks or YouTube, you have to be

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there and you have to be present.

War and more, all of our devices and

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the way we consume culture is

pushing us to be alone, and I think

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in the world today, being with other

people, being in a room with

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strangers and having a collective

experience is important and actually

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profound.

Well, that brings this

special Sundance edition of Talking

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Movies to a close. We hope you have

enjoyed the show. You can reach us

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online. And you can find us on

Facebook, too. From me, Tom Brooks

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and the rest of the Talking Movies

production crew, it is goodbye.

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