Trouble beats time, fragile as a wren draws wind and epithets. What verdict were we after no jury can give us? A certainty of guilt? Scapegoat? The chance to inflict pain? An atonement, like the million-man march? It may be too late for time’s comfortable judgments, all a-ache and brittle-broke. Through raw eyes we again […]

SONG OF CEYLON (Basil Wright, 1934)

Commissioned to make travelogues publicizing the Ceylon Tea Propaganda Board, budding British documentarian Basil Wright made instead something else—just what precisely is debatable. Producer John Grierson thus defined the point of The Song of Ceylon: “Buddhism and the art of life it has to offer, set upon by a Western metropolitan civilization which, in spite […]