Burning Man and the Meaning of Life” starts out largely like most other videos of Burning Man. Flashes of beautiful footage of the Burn, melting every burners heart and immediately creating that sense of longing we all feel for our home. Yet the tone of film is decidedly different than most other films of TTITD. Instead of the loud electronica that often accompanies all sparkly shots of our beloved Playa, “Burning Man and the Meaning of Life” is much more subdued. Some light strumming and a clear, soft spoken voice-over set the stage for this film that is largely about philosophy.
The star of the film actually isn’t the “Burning Man” event itself, but the people of Burning Man. Most of the hour or so documentary is real burners at Burning Man 2011 – Rites of Passage. They aren’t dancing or running around in funny costumes doing weird things. They’re taking directly to the camera and all of us about some of the hardest unanswerable questions in life.
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