Otherness

Dave Wise’s one-hour long documentary, [“Otherness”](http://youtu.be/vqch_NRdZuA), about his 45-day stay on Darnet Island during a difficult moment in his life was what the web promised it would deliver. Laid-off in his forties and facing a break-up with his girlfriend, Wise decided he needed some time off from the world, the social world, the everyday world, to think and, as corny as it sounds, to find himself again. The result is a documentary that is deeply personal and heartfelt. Quiet, mostly. And, I should also note, it doesn’t deliver any transformative narrative or message. Sometimes, Wise seems to suggest, we just need time to think. We don’t need to expect anything out of that time or that thinking. We just need the time.

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