Jain Walks The Line

b.h. Yael

1986, 05:00 minutes, colour, English


"Jain Walks The Line is about creating a workaday code of ethics. In one single five-minute long delivery Jain re-enacts an experience from childhood, seeing just how far she could push her father to do something. Jain also portrays Yael's father's reactions, neck bulging, brow sweating, increasingly irritated at having to make up his mind about just how far he is willing to let himself be bought. But the tension of this situation is extended into eveuone's lives- would you work for a large firm? for a multinational?" -Geoffrey Shea

We place value, whether monetary or otherwise on specific behaviour, politics or institutions. How do we come to these points of value? This tape does not clarify or instruct, but rather whimsically presents this dilemma of having to draw the line- "I'll do this but I wouldn't do that". Jain performs a barter with her father, getting him to do a specific act for a certain amount of money.

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Critical Writing

The 1986 New Work Show
by Geoffery Shea. Cinema Canada, Nov. 1986.