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1000 Journals (2007)
If this doesn't restore your faith, nothing will!
This compelling documentary details the ingenious, yet relatively simple idea of a global message in a bottle. In 2001, a San Francisco man who goes by the name of SomeGuy launched 1,000 empty journals out into the world. The instructions were simple, contribute what you want to the journal, after two weeks try to pass it on to someone else, when the journal is full, the last person sends it back. This created a phenomenon on line and around the world as people who were aware of the journals, scrambled to find one of them to put their art, their hopes, their dreams, their thoughts into it for the world to see. Indeed, this is a global participation art project that turns on our simple desire to communicate and be heard. The film explores what happened to some of the journals, profiles countless people who have contributed to them and where some of them are now. That only a few have found their way back to SomeGuy merely underscores the delightful idea that almost all of them are still out there, somewhere as people put in their two cents. This is a wonderful film that will restore your faith in the global community, the art of communication and the communication of art.