[Marxism] Fwd: Uncertain | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Mar 9 15:30:38 MST 2017

Opening today at the Museum of Modern Art for a one-week run is 
“Uncertain”, a documentary that derives its title from the hamlet 
(population 52) of the same name in Texas close to the border with 
Louisiana. The film begins with its characteristic dry humor pointing to 
signs posted for the “Uncertain Police Department”, etc. Uncertain’s 
chief of police notes that it has always been a magnet for people 
fleeing from the law in Louisiana. Just one step across state lines and 
you are home free.

There are three subjects in the film who typify its marginal existence, 
evoked by the name of the place they call home. One is a heavily 
tattooed, diabetic and alcoholic young man who feels trapped in 
Uncertain, especially with its lack of a single unmarried woman. Early 
on we see him at a Karaoke bar singing a Beatles song terribly off-key. 
The second is a former heroin addict and American Indian who has cleaned 
up his life and found himself in Uncertain. He spends almost every 
leisure hour trying to kill a giant boar that has staked out territory 
in the woods near Uncertain. The beast has become his Moby Dick. The 
third is a 74-year old African-American who loves to fish in the nearby 
lake that is suffering from an overgrowth of algae that will kill the 
fish and bring an end to the tourist trade, one of the few sources of 
income. He has spent years in prison as a young man for shooting someone 
in the face during a senseless squabble.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/03/09/uncertain/

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