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It’s a seductive impulse, to react, to get back at someone, or perhaps a group of people who are giving you shit, especially if you think you can make ’em quit. But if the star of BELONG wasted his time with that, he might not have made it to the skate park or impressed those kids… and he might not have met those girls.
“When a teenager (Lui Elliott) gets bullied, he finds his own way to battle back. He doesn’t engage or fight, he stays above it and true to what he knows, skateboarding, and gets rewarded in ways he would have never imagined.”
Directed by Lije Sarki, featuring music by Left Brain, BELONG uses unconventional camera angles and fluid cinematography to immerse the viewer in the skater’s world. The storyline moves quickly and some of the shots look like they were done in a helicopter, but somehow, it stayed close to the concrete. Down to Earth.
It got me thinking about the tiny aggressions I experience throughout my day and how difficult it is to ignore it & keep moving, as if it matters whether the guy behind me in traffic, flipping me off, respects me or not. Writers John Methvin and Lije Sarki remind me that it’s much cooler to get up, get out and detach.
“Kick, push” perhaps.
“Where do you belong?”