A glimpse of the intention and process of Anne & Tim Perry in the making of a documentary film
in honor of the centenary of ‘Abdu'l-Bahá's visit to America.
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Hello, Friends invited us to view this video and although I find a great many wonderful features in it, the time spent in developing an image of the continent the Master was to visit was sadly lacking just a few moments of contextualizing the indigenous peoples of "America," along with the many other facets of "american" life at the time. Instead, tender as this filming is, it's not something that could be viewed by evolving indigenous students for instance, without our needing to excuse the production as a portion of the inheritance of colonial times that is still struggling with its relationship with indigenous peoples - all for the reason a few inclusive moments are missing in the painting of what life on the North American continent was prior to the Master's arrival. This film wouldn't present the Baha'i Faith as filled with solutions - which of course it is - but rather as somewhat symptomatic in our general community's need to grow some wits about this now age-ish-old intercultural problem - which, more and more, we know it is - symptomatic.
I mean that constructively. The documentary you present is not unique in presenting all imagined inter-culturalism except one inclusive of indigenous peoples - many many audio/visual creations utilized to represent the Baha'i Faith could serve well in this same way if studied at Baha'i summer schools in terms of what's missing. There is no easy way to raise these issues at the best of times I find, in countries built in the way ours were, much less post-production of such a beloved film-child.