It is Thanksgiving day and for some reason this film enters my mind. I have watched this movie called “The New World” several times over the last week. I tend to watch or read something over and over again if I find it of interest. Relative to other movies, this film has less of a Hollywood feel. I could be tainted since I practically fell in love with the lead female actor who plays Pocahontas (lol). I don’t have any idea how captain Smith could have left that wild delicate spirit, but ambitions do pull us this way and that.
I think the reason this film is top of mind on Thanksgiving is because I relate this holiday, rightly or wrongly, to the founding of America and celebrating the harvest with the “naturals”. The film, which I will watch today (again), touches on so many topics that I find interesting. America offered a new start, a fresh beginning, almost a Utopian scenario. The land was abundant and untainted. The people landing on this New World had knowledge of the good and bad from the Old World. There was a chance to create something different from what existed.
So, on this day, I give thanks to my ancestors who risked their lives and traveled across the ocean with the idea to find and create a New World. It is the idea and the attempt that I celebrate today — not the Black Friday (now Black Thursday) outcome.