What a simple, yet profound idea. Travel the globe and ask people what they think about America. I was struck by some of the answers. Not that they were not predictable, but in the clear and coherent answers to a rather large question. The dancers in South Africa were particularly engaging as they definitely had had some prior thoughts on the subject.
What I took away from this film, The Listening Project, is that most people like Americans but are disappointed in our government. Disappointed mainly in the United States' empire building attitude toward the rest of the world.
This is a project I would have loved to be part of. It opened my eyes as a filmmaker as well. Why not travel across the United States and ask, "What do you think about when you think of America?" And to take it another step, ask Americans, "What do you think about the rest of the world?" and "How do you think the rest of the world views America?"
This film could be turned into a series. The travels, questioning and responses could go on forever. I think the producers did a good job of keeping it under an hour and a half. I'm sure lots of good ideas and comments were left on the cutting room floor.
I recommend this film to anyone who cares what others think about the United States.
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