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Behold The Promised Land

Ardele Lister

1991, 22:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 259.04

It is the 4th of July. The premise of this tape is a simultaneous state-of-the-union interview with most of America. In Brooklyn, in Boston, in San Francisco, the interviewers talk with children, teenagers, older people, young "artsy" intellectual types, boys from the hood and shopkeepers. All are asked to define what it is to be an American and why it makes them proud. Their answers are filled with mis-, dis- and sub-information. Intercut with cleverly re-edited clips from the 1940's and 50's documentaries (post-war propaganda films, all touting the virtues of democracy), Behold... is a bleak view of what's wrong with America and what fuels the dream when the money runs out.

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