'I Am Another You'
(Dylan, Nanfu Wang, et al / DVD / NR / (2017) 2018 / Film Rise - MVD Visual)
Overview: When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang ('Hooligan Sparrow') first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she eventually encounters a charismatic young drifter named Dylan.
Fascinated by his rejection of society’s rules and unsure of his past, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that spans years, takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom. But as Nanfu delves deeper into Dylan’s world, she discovers something that calls her entire worldview into question.
DVD Verdict: In all ways I appreciate this profound, inquisitive, sensitive film - the perspective, the vulnerability, etc. As one who also loves stories - listening to others, telling them, documenting them - and one who understands the impact of a lifetime of, some would say, mental health issues, some like Dylan would say it has been an debilitating experience.
The complexities, the stigma, the misunderstanding, the challenge of growing into adulthood in a world that rejects so easily and projects their fears upon those who think and feel in a non-machinist, non-linear way. I felt less alone watching this film.
Many I've known haven't been able to handle the alienation, the judgment (that is really fear of what someone can't put into a box and understand) and have left this earth far too young; defeated and yearning for something more.
Especially a sense of connection despite our 'odd' differences, that in reality can bring such technicolor to an increasingly monochrome world. I felt inspired to continue to ask questions, keep hoping, and find out how to tell the stories we need to tell to keep us human and connected.
We need all kinds of thinkers and feelers, all kinds of expressions of what brings meaning and healing to our fragile beings. Thank you for your wondrous 'I Am Another You' film, Nanfu.
Thank you for sharing your story Dylan for every life is precious, no matter where we are or how our brain operates. This film encourages us to remember how to be on a journey towards more inclusion and less assumptions, more curiosity and less demand for conformity. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.