Ulterior States (2015) Film Review



Director: Tomer Kantor

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Running Time: 52 minutes[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]

At the moment, US politicians are lining up in droves to seek the coveted  Presidential seat in the White House, and yet public faith in government institutions are at the lowest in decades. In an attempt to revive citizen participation, many candidates are slapping on new faces, new words, and new labels like ‘restore,’ ‘defend’ or ‘grassroots.’ But despite their tries to enfranchise a disenchanted public, they can’t hide the fact that politics hardly changes society more than a couple laws at a time and a couple new faces in a term, and especially in international economic turmoil that is still unraveling in Argentina, Greece, and the US Puerto Rico, people are not finding the serious political and economic answers they’re seeking.

But something integral is seething at the heart of “Ulterior States,” Tomer Kantor’s latest documentary. As a compilation of his interviews and videography over the past three years, what is so striking about this film is its almost pure kineticism in direction and concept. Full of latent energy, this film seriously stands uniquely apart from its contemporaries in the blockchain film space. To Kantor’s benefit, I think that’s the point. Where other filmmakers have been too cautious in their footing, he set his foot down.

The film is radical in every sense of the word – it doesn’t toy around with definitions and who people are, but instead strikes deep into the philosophical underpinnings of blockchain technology, a topic treated with general trepidation in “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” (2014). Instead, Tomer Kantor is fearless, expressing a level of depth regarding the nature of the State, institutional injustice, power structures, and society.

In his previous short

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