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Sightlines

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Summary
Nancy Buchanan's work addresses complacency and suffering, using the concept of sight as a departure point. Spoken-text in English and Spanish detail the kidnapping and murder of a woman's husband, and her subsequent interrogation by the police. Visual text quotes from a Buddhist work on awakening others to the reality of suffering and from the American sociologist C. Wright Mills. Close-up shots of the human eye are manipulated to produce unusual effects. Narrators recite clichés and sayings about the eyes and the power of sight. A woman's voice recounts a story of a brief moment of eye contact with a homeless man on the street. Images of violence and homelessness are superimposed for a collage effect.

Original music is composed and performed by Angelo Funicelli.
Topics
Politics and culture, Vision, Mills, C. Wright (Charles Wright), 1916-1962
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