Profit Motive & the Whispering Wind (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Profit Motive & the Whispering Wind (2008)

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Filmmaker John Gianvito explores America's rich history of progressive social protest by taking viewers on a tour of the gravestones and monuments dedicated to notable American rebels and leftists. As the viewer joins Gianvito on his cross-country journey, the stories of the dissenters who disappeared from our cultural memory comes to vivid life before our very eyes. Filmed over the course of three years, Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind tells the remarkable tales of such forgotten radicals as Eugene V. Debs and Sojourner Truth.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

A moving and intriguing reverie.

August 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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The chronologically arranged tour ends with frenetic images of contemporary anti-war drumlines -- the struggle continues! -- which feels presumptuous; should we assume Elizabeth Cady Stanton's ideas on Afghanistan?

July 29, 2008 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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At once uplifting and thought-provoking, guaranteed to send viewers Googling figures and events, this poetic docu is inspired by, and a worthy accompaniment to, Howard Zinn's revolutionary A People's History of the United States.

May 5, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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Lengthy, beautifully composed shots of gravestones and historical monuments encourage us to mourn fallen heroes as well as to recognize our own vulnerability to larger forces.

April 23, 2009 | Full Review…
Boston Phoenix

A moving, if belated tribute to a host of visionary iconoclasts who were unappreciated if not outlawed or outright assassinated in their time.

August 7, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
NewsBlaze

A potent reflection on progressive politics in America. A meditative chronicle of struggles againstâ"for lack of a more comprehensive termâ"the powers that have been and continue to be.

August 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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