HOW TO START YOUR OWN COUNTRY
RTR D: Jody Shapiro. Canada. 72 min. Sep 11, 5:15 pm AMC 2; Sep 12, 2:45 pm AMC 10; Sep 15, 2:30 pm AMC 10 Rating: NNNNN Imagine starting a Facebook group and then declaring your little online conglomeration a nation. You’d fit right in among some of the off-kilter talking heads in Shapiro’s clever but thinly stretched doc.
Among them is the President of Molossia, which is basically an acre in Nevada populated by its head of state and his dogs, and artist Gregory Green, who is still shopping for territory for his New Free State of Caroline.
Interviewing UN officials, academics and those self-declared governments, Shapiro probes what constitutes a country and ponders the philosophical and sociological ramifications of burgeoning micro-nations. This satire on the blurred definition of nation is all the more significant when you consider what’s at stake, like Palestine.