ESF is pleased to report the world premiere of Utopia In Four Movements at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This unique documentary film performance was funded in part from a grant provided by ESF.
Directed by the Academy Award-nominated film maker Sam Green, Utopia attempts to document the history of the utopian impulse in modern times. Its first case study, or movement, is an exploration of the history, values and ideals of the planned language Esperanto. Subsequent movements focus on the undying optimism of an American exile in Cuba, the current economic boom in China and its effects on that country’s populace, and people’s desire to give human remains in mass graves a dignified burial.
The work is unique in the documentary film genre in that it features live narration from the director himself as well as a musical soundtrack that is also performed live.
The Huffington Post news website commented that Utopia was “the most compelling screening of the entire [Sundance 2010] festival…[it was] utterly moving.”
Further information about the film can be found on the following websites:
Sundance Film Festival 2010:
Film event trailer:
Sam Green, Director:
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