THE FIELD OF MAGIC

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(Min­dau­gas Survila, Lithua­nia). 62 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: For 20 years, a group of marginal­ized Lithua­ni­ans has lived in a shan­ty­town on the fringe of the Buda For­est, with no elec­tric­ity, min­i­mal con­ve­niences, bar­ter­ing for fresh wa­ter in town and scav­eng­ing in a nearby land­fill for sup­plies. And they’re mostly happy.

Min­dau­gas Survila’s can­did look at th­ese sur­vival­ists may be an an­ti­dote to chronic First World whin­ers. When the lo­cal me­dia de­pict them as pill-pop­ping, moon­shine-swill­ing de­pres­sives, they sim­ply laugh it off with a de­gree of pos­i­tiv­ity that’s in­spir­ing. When one man claims they’ll out­live the rest of the world, it’s not hard to be­lieve. Apr 28, 6:15 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 4; Apr 30, 1: 30 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 3.

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