Sunday, November 18, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Last night my wife and I went to view a screening of a movie called Beasts of the Southern Wild,  Caméra d'Or winner from the  2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on the Louisiana community found on the Isle de Jean Charles, an island of 25 families that lies south of the 72 mile levee designed to protect the coast from erosion.  The movie is not a documentary but rather a poetic almost magical story of a father and daughter and their fight for survival against the elements, the father's struggle with a fatal illness, as well as the fight for the survival of a unique culture and way of life.

I found this movie inspiring, sad, and comical all at the same time. Any film that makes you laugh, cry, and wonder what is real and what is not in about 90 minutes is highly recommended in my book.

The screening was part of the Southern Screen film festival here in Lafayette. Read more about the festival here

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