From Mark Elrod’s blog (http://www.markaelrod.net):
The Island of Flowers (1989) is a short documentary film that I share with students at Honors Symposium. It is a provocative film that squeezes a lot into just 13 minutes.
The film was written and directed by Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Furtado and has won numerous awards for short films. You can view a Portuguese language version here with English subtitles (you can skip the trailer). The version I use in class is in English and I think it works a little better than the Portuguese version.
I recently finished writing a transcript for The Island of Flowers that you can read here. Sometimes the subtitles in the online version move too fast too keep up with the images.
The film is basically about the lifecycle of a tomato that ends up a garbage dump on the Isle of Flowers, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Once there, the tomato becomes food for pigs while the people who live there are given the opportunity to use the garbage that has been rejected by the pig’s owners.
I think The Island of Flowers is a film that raises more questions than answers, but it’s a pretty strong indictment against a system that places pigs at a higher priority of importance than human beings.
~ There is Nothing Wrong with Your Monitor (Please Stand By … )
there is nothing wrong with your monitor
do not attempt to adjust the picture
we are controlling transmission
if we wish to make it louder,
we will bring up the volume
if we wish to make it softer,
we will tune it to a whisper
we will control the horizontal
we will control the vertical
we can roll the image, make it flutter
we can change the focus to a soft blur
or sharpen it to crystal clarity
for the next hour sit quietly and
we will control all that you see and hear
we repeat: there is nothing wrong with your monitor
you are about to participate in a great adventure
you are about to experience
the awe and mystery which reaches
from the inner mind
to the outer limits
please stand by
adapted from the opening narration
of episode 1, “the galaxy being,”
from the original television show, “the outer limits”
aired september 16, 1963