HOW TO START YOUR OWN COUN­TRY

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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.

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