At the beginning of Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes’s provocatively titled The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, a recent last-minute addition to this year’s online Sundance, the co-director with the globally famous last name describes the feeling as if she’d been born with a «weird superpower» she’d never asked for. Yet this granddaughter of fantasyland royalty – specifically Roy, who Disney describes as the business-minded Jiminy Cricket to his brother Walt’s dreaming Pinocchio – also admits to feeling a bit like a «goldfish.» A childhood in which trips to «the park» were routine was just part of the water that the now sexagenarian activist filmmaker swam in. It’s a terrifically astute assertion. A reminder that the higher up in the economic ladder one climbs (or is birthed into), the more obscured the view below. And the more insulated one becomes from . . .
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