Uploaded on Sep 13, 2011
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http://www.thegeniusofaplace.com Until the advent of modern transportation, most communities around the world were semi-isolated and largely self-sustaining. In a place like Italy, this translated to each town having its own distinctive dialect, cuisine, traditions and crafts. Each place was unique.
Today, it's so easy for people and goods to move around that places' identities have become blended. Dialects, local dishes and crafts disappear and are substituted by more generic and homogenized versions. It seems the more we all seek authenticity, the more we contribute to making it disappear as places around the world undergo a process of globalization.
No matter what type of development a place is pursuing -whether through tourism, industrialization or commerce - it begins to change the nature of the place. Local residents often enjoy the economic aspects and, at the same time, regret some of the other hidden costs of development. The whole process is full of complex trade-offs.
This clip comes from THE GENIUS OF A PLACE, a feature-length documentary that contemplates the ways mankind contributes to the making of a place. It also reminds us of our power to shape its destiny and even destroy it, if we're not careful.
THE GENIUS OF A PLACE is a co-production of OLO creative farm and Sarah Marder.
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Joseph Finlay's "Freedom Fries" performed on classical guitar by Stewart French.
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