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Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa (2007)

 |  Documentary  |  20 May 2008 (USA)
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Twenty-Five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of radicals live in the desert, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream.

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Twenty-Five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of radicals live in the desert, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream.

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To Live or Die on the Grid
24 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Off the Grid is a heartfelt film about a bunch of bumbles living in New Mexico, in the middle of the desert. The film shows the lives of people we may try to overlook or gossip about:.

"Look at what they are doing!" "They can't do that!" "You can't live there!" "Look at these Dharma Bums!" But what is needed to live freely is defined in different ways; some people want absolute freedom, to live like they want to live, and do what they want to do; these people find life is best lived "Off the Grid". Some people need the solitude only a place off the grid can offer. Some people live off the grid because they enjoy shooting guns. Some find Off the Grid the safest place to protect themselves from their former dangerous lives. Some live off the grid because they fear society will brain wash their kids.

There is danger in living off the grid. Drugs are common here. And the law is the law of the people, vigilante old west style.

But without a full portrait, we are left arrogant. Jeremy and Randy Stulberg do a fine job of presenting these people objectively. The people of the mesa are given a fair space to share their lives.


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