Source: The Hollywood Reporter
You will think the world is a better place after seeing Robin McKenna’s documentary based on Lewis Hyde’s enduring 1983 book “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World.”
Inspired by the book’s exploration of the connection between making art and the act of giving, the film profiles four contemporary examples from around the world.
Cynics may scoff (and at times, to be fair, it’s hard not to agree with them during some of the film’s more fanciful moments), but for many people, “Gift” will live up to its title.
One of the more fascinating subjects is the Metropoliz Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere, described as “the first inhabited museum on Earth.” Formerly a sausage factory, the Roman museum is now home to some 200 migrant families, who co-exist with the art being exhibited there on a rotating basis.
The institution is a minor miracle, considering the scarcity of affordable real estate in the Italian city, and is in constant danger of being encroached upon by government and commercial interests. But the positive publicity and good will it has engendered has so far enabled it to thrive.
“Gift” is playing in select theaters around the country.
Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.
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