I wanted to like this documentary. It made some insightful, scientifically supported points--it's good to stop and smell the roses, to be more empathetic and present in the moment, and kids and adults alike can benefit from more time playing outside and a little less in front of a screen. Unfortunately, that wisdom wasn't enough to make up for all the flaws.
Some of the...spiritualism?...was corny and over-the-top, and many of the ideas represented were based on hype, ignorance bordering on delusion, and popular myth rather than fact--a risk of over-reliance on intuition that one interviewee points out in the beginning of the film.
Some of the less accurate content in the film includes:
-the assertion that modern cultures are just too darn logical! (though anyone paying attention to political trends might think the exact opposite--that perhaps emotion is often reigning with little oversight)
-that nature just wants to nurture life (ignoring the abundance of necessary and unnecessary violent, painful death in nature--seriously, watch a nature documentary or hang around out in nature for a while some time)
-somewhat outlandish depictions, some bordering on "noble savage" romanticism, of ancient Polynesian culture with some facts mixed in
-the implication that modern Western culture, so lacking in intuition and full of violent media, has led to more gender-based violence (despite the fact some traditional cultures that value intuition are also known to oppress women and that gender-based violence and violence in general, while still an issue, has been decreasing for the last several decades during the development of our logic-focused, violent-media-laden culture).
The documentary has some good ideas worth considering, and perhaps more of a focus on the science or facts related to those ideas, rather than on half-true popular myths and mysticism, would have emphasized those merits. But, in attempting to promote the value of intuition, the film ends up embodying many of the issues with intuitive reasoning absent critical thought; it does a disservice to those trying to demonstrate or understand the tangible, far-reaching benefits of empathy and awareness.
A story of soul searching, science, nature and creativity, InnSæi takes us on a global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today's world of distraction and stress.
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
January 19, 2021 at 06:11 AM