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“PAYBACK” | director, Jennifer Baichwal

Payback (National Film Board of Canada)

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Friday, January 20 6:00 pm –Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City]

I was on my way to a doctorate in philosophy/comparative religion when I realized that the academic approach was too narrow a form of enquiry for me. So I turned to documentary to explore the same issues that were interesting— identity, epistemology, ethics, etc.– in a more lateral medium. Our films are about questions I don’t have an answer to, and they are all in some way about why there is no simple answer. Film has a unique capacity to convey contingency and complexity, because it is able to explore visceral, emotional and intellectual truths all at the same time, without privileging one over the others.

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