HaikuLife 2018 Reprised: 3 Generations
Each day on the Troutswirl blog we will reprise a film featured in HaikuLife 2018, The Haiku Foundation’s haiku film festival, the only one of its kind.
Today’s film: 3 Generations
A video haiga sequence featuring the poems of American poet Joe McKeon. Presented here during HaikuLife 2018, part of International Haiku Poetry Day, an initiative of The Haiku Foundation, held 17 April 2018.
Title: 3 Generations
Artist: Joe McKeon
Format: HaikuLife Video Haiga
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I agree, Scott. Having just watched this film for the first time, I found it extremely moving. It is quietly powerful with a striking combination of photographic and written imagery and being accompanied by such a calming piece of music serves to highlight the horror of the experiences described even more.
Memorable moments for me include the image of a lily combined with a haiku about a helmet floating in the Mekong delta, a photograph of a snow-covered cemetery juxtaposed with a description of the glow of a father’s cigarette in a dark room after he has make funeral arrangements for his son, and a photo of three inquisitive children peering at the photographer from their home in the haiku “border mountains” describes how the sun “glints of spent shells.”
And now I’m going to replay it…
A superb and (for me at least) profoundly moving piece of work. This production offers an object lesson in how understatement in masterful hands can deliver a huge emotional effect.
I recall this video vividly from Haiku North America 2017 and its effect has not diminished one bit. Hats off to Joe McKeon for his amazing haiku as well as to Steve Hodge for the haunting musical bed.
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