Wieczorek is a film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Irene Langemann’s documentary on Pyotr Pavlensky asks: In the face of extreme suppression by the State, what can an individual do but act in an extreme manner?
Director: Irene Langemann
Country: Germany, 2016 100 min

What is an individual to do when he sees things are spiraling downwards? When a current or upcoming disaster (political, social, technological) is not prevented, but instead confirmed and facilitated by organized powers, by rules and laws, which declare every act to resist as criminal or outrageous? This was the question asked by Ted Kaczynski, otherwise known as the “Unabomber”, and his radical response was to attack leading problematic figures, as explored in the film Das Netz (The Net) from 2003 by Lutz Dammbeck.

Death for Beliefs

In a key moment in ancient Greek philosophy, Socrates chose not to fight his execution, but instead to accept polis law even though the accusations of corruption of youth (by encouraging them to question authority) was a simple yet effective attempt in defying the leading powers. Socrates was put to death for being a philosopher. In an astonishing devotion to his beliefs, he remained in prison, renouncing the possibility of escape offered to him. At that time in history, law and order took precedence over the possibility to practice philosophy.

Since then, territorial powers called “States” have had ample time to perfect their capacities of control. Today, citizens are observed in the finest of detail on the Internet. Their capacities to act are limited and restructured through prefabricated patterns as shown in Stare Into The Light My Pretties, the film by . . .

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