Everyone knows Ken Burns, sure?


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He is one of the crucial well-known documentary filmmakers of all time (The Central Park 5, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The Warfare.)

In a current interview with the New York Occasions, he was requested in regards to the connection between his work and his mother’s dying.

Ken, whose mother died of most cancers when he was 12 years previous, had a profound reply explaining how he turned that ache and sorrow into which means.

“In April, I’ll have been with no mom for 56 years,” Ken mentioned. “That’s manner too lengthy. Her identify was Lyla. The half-life of grief is countless. Nevertheless it has additionally been vastly productive.”


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“I did not need her to die, however I do not know what I might do with out the loss as being the engine of exploration, of confidence, of bravery.”

The parallelism between the start and ending strains and the profound commentary on grief and loss appears like a poem to me.

IDK about you, however I’ve by no means felt so damaged and so entire concurrently.

It is simply SO stunning. It obtained me considering lots about dying and life and artwork, and the connection between all three.

And understanding that someplace in Brooklyn “is somewhat lady who’s 10 years previous,” named after Ken’s mother, is sort of an excessive amount of for me to bear.

Possibly it is time somebody makes one other documentary about Ken’s life, however extra particularly, this quote.