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(Dir. Jennifer Crandell 2017)
This brilliant documentary records ordinary Alabamians reading verses of Whitman’s Song of Myself in their homes, places of work, or at leisure. Meet among many others the extraordinarily eloquent, 97 year old Virginia Mae; 14 year old muslim Mariam reading in her second language; the farming Akins family who take on Whitman and unruly pigs simultaneously; and African- American Mary and her mercurial granddaughter Carly. This is the America Whitman may have envisioned – diverse, positive and inclusive – and a clear rebuttal of the divisive thrust of contemporary politics. Funny, moving and uplifting, the film is proof of the enduring power of both Whitman’s poetry and the human spirit. Guaranteed to capture your heart.
Free entry. Bucket collection