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Purified in Memory

11 Feb

From the National Film Board, a haunting and thought-provoking interactive memorial of a mining town and community that no longer exists.

The mesmerizing exploration of place, community, memory and identity highlights the intersection and fleeting nature of these things. The conclusion:

When I look at people’s faces in the Pine Point photos, there’s no hesitation, no hint that they knew that one day this might all end.

applies everywhere. The phenomenon of scattered relationships and lost places occurs in other ways: established neighborhoods give way to gentrification, farmland becomes subdivisions.

I would love to see an urban version of this project, preserving the memories and images of a soon to be passed time through a myriad of perspectives and experiences.

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