Film Review: In Pursuit of Silence
In certain corners of the world, human beings are making so much noise that people literally cannot hear themselves think. That’s just one assertion, backed by expert testimony and some cited scientific study, used in the relatively one-sided documentary In Pursuit of Silence to prosecute its case against the mind-numbing hubbub of the modern world.
The film, directed by Patrick Shen, begins as less of a screed, and more a meditation on the very nature of quiet, and on what technically constitutes silence. Is it merely the lack of such manmade noise as blaring car horns, bustling crowds and the general, inescapable hum of seven billion pulsing individuals covering the planet? Is it more purely a concept of tranquil, unhurried motionlessness, not to be measured exactly in decibels? Does God, or zen, or peace reside only in silence? The exploration reveals that one’s definition of silence can be as individual as any person’s pursuit of it.
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