This is a hard film to title.
The Devanagari (मातृ भूमि) translates to “homeland”.
And this brings us full-circle to a subject which has preoccupied us off and on for a month or so.
But we shan’t get too far into that excursus.
Nay, ’tis better to attempt a bit of writing regarding the film at hand.
First, we are thankful.
That Roberto Rossellini made a film about India.
Now, why would he go and do something like that?
Well, we must remember that he was only married to Ingrid Bergman from 1950-1957.
In 1957, he married Sonali DasGupta. They were married until Rossellini’s death.
Without getting too lurid or tabloid, let’s just say that Jawaharlal Nehru invited Rossellini to India to help with the country’s film activities. It was then that he met Sonali.
The rest is beyond the scope of this review.
But what is germane is the screenwriter Fereydoon Hoveyda.
Mr. Hoveyda, an Iranian diplomat and author, helped stage this documentary in much the same way that a Robert Flaherty film might be put together.
Think Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) on which F.W. Murnau collaborated with Flaherty. Or even Louisiana Story (1948) which was a Flaherty propaganda film for Standard Oil of New Jersey.
Hoveyda, being the Iranian Ambassador to the U.N., was ostensibly in New York when the Revolution happened in 1979. I’m guessing he stayed in America. Probably a pretty smart choice.
And he was a smart guy.
Indeed, some of the books he wrote seem very timely indeed:
-What do Arabs want? (in French) [Hoveyda assumedly being Persian, not Arab]
-The Hidden Meaning of Mass Communications (2000) [sounds like a particularly interesting application of linguistics and/or semiotics to ends similar to the agenda-setting theory]
-The Broken Crescent: The Threat of Militant Islamic Fundamentalism (2002) [a rather suspicious title released at a potentially opportunist time]
-The Shah and the Ayatollah: Islamic Revolution and Iranian Mythology (2003) [the year the US was steamrolling Iraq…perhaps with salivating neocons looking to quickly expand into Iran]
I wouldn’t be so suspicious, but I noticed where Mr. Hoveyda passed away: Clifton, Virginia.
Fairfax County. Vienna. Herndon. Definitely some DoD in there.
Furthermore, it is home to the CIA (yay!), the NGA, the NRO, and the DNI’s office.
So my guess is that Mr. Hoveyda probably worked for the US intelligence community.
This would probably be a good time to tell you that I am pro-Islam.
I am pro-CIA.
But most of all I’m pro-America.
I hold no other citizenships.
Some of these revelations will be old hat.
All probably confusing for one reason or another.
I’m pro-NSA. I’m pro 25 AF.
I’m even pro-FBI. [pro-DIA, pro-ONI, etc.]
Yes, I’m a 9/11 “truther”.
I want to know the truth.
Do I think Saudi Arabia did it?
It was impossible for any group to pull it off without state logistical support.
So it still points very much to an inside job.
The guilty state being the USA.
But maybe I’m wrong.
I do know one thing.
Mr. Trump has rightly noted that the WTC towers did not fall down by themselves.
Nor did they sustain enough damage to fall at near-freefall speeds.
So there was a team (a gargantuan effort) which wired those buildings to explode.
Who was that team?
What was their allegiance?
There were several big pieces to the attacks which needed substantial protection and handling once inside the U.S.
Ok, that’s about as open-minded as I can get regarding 9/11.
I just had to get that off my chest.
My assessments are fallible.
But I’ve seen an optimism in America in these past few days.
It’s not unlike the optimism which Rossellini captures in India: Matri Bhumi.
Buzzards always circling.
And you’ve let me write about film.
And haven’t begrudged my politics.
So this is for my friends. From many countries.
And every day I sit and try to think of the right thing to do.
Some things I know.
But there are many things I don’t know.
Many truths which are likely a combination of half-truths I never considered gluing together.
I wish all of you a happy day or night.
This is probably the worst review I ever wrote.
Because I’m better at insulting things.
I’m better at guessing.
But maybe I haven’t connected the dots?
It’s not my job.
But it’s been on my conscience since 9/11.
Who can we trust?
Why are there so many internally-incriminating anomalies?
And so many indications of a cover-up?
I welcome the Saudi lawsuits if only for the opportunity to learn who the REAL culprits were.
The Saudis were middlemen (if that).
They were central casting.
Until the remote flight plans took over.
God, what a daft war…
Based on nothing…and stirring up a continued mix of real and fake.
Impossible to discern anymore.
Maybe Trump has the guts to get some truth.
Obama squandered eight years without even a hint of curiosity.