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WHAT'S LEFT

What's Left
A 20 minute experimental documentary
by Penelope Buitenhuis

With the loss of an opposing political paradigm, the left are left scrambling for direction and although there are lots of left out there, they are not politically aligned. As the corporate world further dominates contemporary ideology, what do we have to strengthen and define an effective opposition. What's Left? is a short experimental documentary examining diverse perspectives on what left wing means in Canada today. Interviewing people on the street in different economic zones in Vancouver, teenagers at school and workers in alternative environmental, cultural and political organizations, the video provides a glimpse into what people believe about our political system and what they wish to change. This commentary is contrasted with huge lips reciting a poem, struggling with the language of the left, of consumerism and internalized political conflicts. Finally the dilemma of the left is dramatically articulated in a security camera view of an overwrought Canadian woman racing around her apartment, isolated and consumed too busy to consider her place in the present political paradigm. By the end, she notices the camera becoming aware of the operating apparatus. What's left? depicts the struggle and confusion of the old left to define itself within a power structure no longer controlled by the nation state but a by the corporate machine. The work's intent is reveal this invisible mechanism while questioning what's left to do about it.

SYNOPSIS OF WHAT'S LEFT?


What's Left? is a fast-paced experimental documentary examining diverse perspectives on what left wing means in Canada today. A collage of interviews with people on the street contrast more academic responses from lefties and provide a brief glimpse into what people believe about our political system and what they wish to change. A girl in isolation rushes around her fictive apartment, too busy to think politically but bombarded by images of consumption. Will she become aware of the apparatus that shapes her, or has the human conditioner been effective? As the corporate world further dominates political policy and ideology, can the left re-unite in diversity and possibly effect change?

Since the fall of the wall, with the loss of a opposing political paradigm, we are left scrambling for direction. What can we as political workers do to reveal this invisible apparatus that is heading into economic collapse.

This fast-paced experimental documentary poses the question What's Left? in Canada today in a collage of interviews on the street contrasted with academic responses from lefties, providing a glimpse into what people believe about our political system and what they wish to change. A girl in isolation rushes around her fictive apartment, too busy to think politically but bombarded by images of consumption. Will she become aware of the apparatus that shapes her, or has the human conditioner been effective? As the corporate world further dominates political policy and ideology, can the left unite in diversity and possibly effect change? The revolution will be carbonated.


Since the fall of the wall, with the loss of a opposing political paradigm, we are left scrambling for direction. What can we as political workers do to reveal this invisible apparatus that is heading into economic collapse.

 

 
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