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Powerlines| 34mins
Director: Helen Hall | Producer: Helen Hall
Focus Years: 1998 | Country: Canada
Subject Tags: americas, canada, ecology, energy, environment, global, health
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Powerlines is a poetic documentary about the mystery of electromagnetic fields, the promise of new energy and the dangers of electromagnetic pollution. An artistic interpretation of a scientific theme, the film integrates advanced scientific research and ancient knowledge of energy. With music, image and dance, Powerlines explores the differences between the energy of life and the energy we have surrounded ourselves with. Powerlines begins with the transition into a global electronic culture, and then explores what happens when we leave the world of preconceived ideas about our surroundings and enter into the pure realm of the senses. The film vividly describes the invisible forces around us by making electromagnetic radiation visible and audible. Powerlines then describes the body’s electrical systems and the vast implications of advanced scientific research into the invisible circuitry within and around us. In the process, it explores the electromagnetic basis of all forms of life, and the implications of the current radical changes to the earth’s magnetic field. Minimalist, expressionistic dance scenes are threaded through the film, evoking what happens when this mortal coil is threaded through the vast electronic network surrounding us, in an archetypal journey from illness to health. The dance is influenced by butoh – a dance form that emerged from Post WWII Japan and that describes in movement the devastating effects of the atomic bomb. Powerlines ends with a transition into pure energy and light.
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