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1 Giant Leap (2002)

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British musicians Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto came up with the idea for 1 Giant Leap after discovering their mutual interest in music, film, philosophy, spirituality, and diversity. The project is a synthesis of sound, words, and images collected from around the world, with each track growing as they traveled to 25 countries. They went to places like Senegal, Uganda, India, and Thailand, using only laptop computers and a digital video camera. The DVD features music and interviews with mainstream artists like Michael Stipe and Robbie Williams along with a multitude of unknown world musicians from Northern Africa to Southeast Asia. Author Kurt Vonnegut and actor Dennis Hopper also participate, among others. The disc is divided into 12 themes: Time, Confrontation, Sex, Masks, God, Faith, Blasphemy, Unity, Death, Money, Inspiration, and Happy. The film can be viewed in several different modes, according to the viewer's preferences.

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Critic Reviews for 1 Giant Leap

All Critics (4)

Rather than enhance the music, the filmmakers' efforts trivialize it, turning it into the equivalent of politically correct screensavers.

Full Review… | July 30, 2002
Film Journal International

It's a hodge-podge of several nice but fairly unoriginal new age ideas about peace and oneness.

Full Review… | July 29, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for 1 Giant Leap

Critics will tell you that this movie is about humans becoming one or oneness and that it didnt deliver to their expectations. What they missed was that the message of oneness is a premise they seek to prove through the use of music. And they succeeded. Perhaps if you venture forward to understand anothers culture purely through its indigenous foods, music and celebrations, you may find you either have more in common with them and or enjoy what they have to offer. In the end, what makes us different is our desire to make ourselves different, but then if we all do this perhaps were all more alike than we want to admit. Fear the Russians in the 70s, fear the Japanese in the 80s, fear the Chinese in the 90s and now, fear the Arab.

David D
David D

People as strings, world as instrument.

I had the good fortune of a teacher lending me this in high school. It may be the best documentary ever.

Two British film makers traveled to 25 countries recording pieces of music and then fusing them together via Lap-top, and the results are a stunning fusion of world musics and editing. If that weren't enough there's interviews with artists, scientists, religious scholars, mystics, authors (Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, actors, activists, prostitutes,and people on the street divided into twelve chapters "Time, Confrontation, Sex, Masks, God, Faith, Blasphemy, Unity, Death, Money, Inspiration, and Happiness." Each is broken up into a song, so it's easy to watch in pieces or all the way through. Inspiring music, concepts, and message; the world as instrument and all it's peoples as strings. Should be seen by anyone with an interest in anything.

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers

I had the good fortune of a teacher lending me this in high school. It may be the best documentary ever. Two British film makers traveled to 25 countries recording pieces of music and then fusing them together via Lap-top, and the results are a stunning fusion of world musics and editing. If that weren't enough there's interviews with artists, scientists, religious scholars, mystics, authors (Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, actors, activists, prostitutes,and people on the street divided into twelve chapters "Time, Confrontation, Sex, Masks, God, Faith, Blasphemy, Unity, Death, Money, Inspiration, and Happiness." Each is broken up into a song, so it's easy to watch in pieces or all the way through. Inspiring music, concepts, and message; the world as instrument and all it's peoples as strings. Should be seen by anyone with an interest in anything.

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers

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