Two unusual films that deal with the dead (and by extension, of course, us living) recently made their DVDebuts: PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND by John Gianvito and Heddy Honigmann's FOREVER. The former travels throughout these United States, moving in a kind of timeline of dates from, it often seems, east to
west, coming upon gravestones and markers that reflect America's progressive movement -- its signature events and people -- throughout our history. Gianvito was inspired, the end credits tell us, by Howard Zinn's popular and necessary A People's History of the United States. This is a book I know and love. In fact, I think it should be mandatory reading for all U.S. high school students -- not by itself, mind you, but in tandem with whatever other history of the US the instructor is using. This kind of "doubling" would provoke healthy argument and discussion about how and why we live the way we do and how we got here, while offering students the opportunity to learn something other than the pre-digested pablum, via which our history has often been taught.
because I could find none from the movie itself.)