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07 March 2012 @ 11:57 pm
You know there are some children who aren't really children at all, they're just pillars of flame that burn everything they touch. And there are some children who are just pillars of ash, that fall apart when you touch them. Victor and me, we were children of flame and ash.

How do we forgive our fathers? Maybe in a dream. Do we forgive our fathers for leaving us too often, or forever, when we were little? Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage, or making us nervous because there never seemed to be any rage there at all? Do we forgive our fathers for marrying, or not marrying, our mothers? Or divorcing, or not divorcing, our mothers? And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness? Shall we forgive them for pushing, or leaning? For shutting doors or speaking through walls? For never speaking, or never being silent? Do we forgive our fathers in our age, or in theirs? Or in their deaths, saying it to them or not saying it. If we forgive our fathers, what is left?

thomas builds-the-fire, "smoke signals," 1998
mood: leaking
music: credits
crimson_vitacrimson_vita on March 10th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
This really was a fantastic movie. I might need to see it again.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 10th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
it's wonderful. netflix has it streaming.

we saw it referenced in 'reel injun', a documentary about the presentation of native american in film culture--also streaming on netflix. i'd been wanting to see the DOCUMENTARY for two years, since seeing a commercial for it on PBS. the baltimore affiliate has this tendency to lump advertising prerecords with certain programs they run late at night so you'll end up getting excited for a something they advertise that actually aired years before, which was what happened with this.