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An intellectual and moving discourse
exploring the power of giving. It meditates on the
annual Burning Man festival's embracement of a gift
economy and how this effects a host of social elements
- in turn providing a solid foundation for community
and civic relations to co-exist beautifully with radical
self expression and self-reliance.
View the 3 minute trailer.
More information can be found
60 minute and 74 minute versions available.
Since 1986, residents of the Burning Man community
in Nevada have explored the dynamics of a temporary society
in which personal freedom, authentic individual expression,
artistic experimentation, mandatory participation, and a gift
economy are highly prized. Although this program focuses on
the latter, it cannot help but explore the other qualities
as well. In doing so, Roberts presents a documentary on an
annual experiment in community that, in exploring the topic
of "gifting," demonstrates the differences between barter
(an exchange of like item for like item) and a gift (freely
given with no strings attached). It differentiates between
traditional gifting (limited to families/tribes) and the dynamic
of gifting strangers to promote community.Volunteerism, described
as the purest form of gifting, manifests itself in unique
projects. For some libraries, the nudity of some of the participants,
including one small child playing on a slip-and-slide, may
cause some concern. However, with this caveat, this compelling
program is highly recommended for art or "alternative economics"
collections. -- Kathleen Sullivan, Phoenix P.L
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