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War (2004)

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With just a small, black & white, hand-cranked camera, filmmaker Jake Mahaffy spent four years documenting the lives of three Pennsylvanian farmers.

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Radio Reverend Hiram Hill
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With just a small, black & white, hand-cranked camera, filmmaker Jake Mahaffy spent four years documenting the lives of three Pennsylvanian farmers.

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Pastor Jack Master: Facts are the propaganda of Satan.
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Post-apocalyptic mood
27 February 2004 | by (Manchester) – See all my reviews

I'm assuming this is the same film that I watched in the Rotterdam film festival based on the names of the title and director. The first plot description here though couldn't be more different than the one that I had read before watching the film. Rather than a documentary, 'War' seemed to be a chronicle of the after-effects of a war that we never see on a slowly disappearing country life. The minister mentions the rapture early on and from what see for most of the film there doesn't appear to be anyone left apart from our four protagonists. Actually, 'protagonists' is probably the wrong word as they don't actually do all that much and we see very little interaction between them. When the minister calls his 'sweetie-pie' turns away from the camera so we don't actually see him speaking on the phone, suggesting she might not be on the other end of the phone.The characters are simply going through their routines, unable or unwilling to do anything else. Radio's buzz with the voices of preachers, proclaiming and preaching for all their worth. Towards the end there is a suggestion of hope for the future when the boy drops the radio from the bridge, silencing the past. Personally, I thought the film might have worked before as four separate pieces, each one focusing on a different character and lasting 10 minutes. But that's just me.


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