The Mississippi Tapes: 1 to 6

Jane Wright

1983, 180:00 minutes, colour, English


This is the story of a woman who is searching for meaning in her life. The series shows this woman's present-day pilgrimage to the Gulf of Mexico, along the route first travelled by 17th Century explorer LaSalle. The tapes are fiction documentary, conceived, produced, directed and edited by Jane Wright, with improvised performance by Jeffrey Paull and Jane Wright. The woman and her friend travel by car from Ontario, through Michigan and Illinois, then south along the Mississippi River through Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. As they travel, they experience elicit themes of modern life which inform our spiritual condition. The tapes present the effect of family breakdown, the legacy of violent history, the aspirations of technology, nostalgia for an idealized past, the isolation of the sexes, and the responsibility of each of us for our own spiritual well-being.

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