Based on an idea from David Rothenberg's Bug Music (St Martin's Press 2013), Song of the Cicadas explores the metaphors evoked by comparing the incarceration of American Political Prisoner Timothy Blunk (Resistance Conspiracy Case) with the 17 year period spent underground of the Magicicada. Filmed in an historic prison during a Cicada emergence in Virginia, Song of the Cicadas forms a critique on the politics of incarceration and the surveillance aspects of media.
"a poetical documentary film"
The New Yorker
In the Fall of 1935, FSA photographer Arthur Rothstein went up into the mountains of Virginia for what he calls his first assignment. He was to photograph a group of farmers who were to be Resettled to make way for Shenandoah National Park. Yet the family at the center of his project were not farmers nor were they Resettled. They were part of a scientific study known as Hollow Folk. In an exploration of the idea of documentary truth, Rothstein's First Assignment finds that many of Rothstein's subjects would end up institutionalized and forcibly sterilized at a place known as "The Colony."
Beekeepers have been keeping bees for over 3000 years. Why are they dying now?
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