|THE CALLING (60')
DIRECTED BY STUART KERSHAW
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The mark of an immature man is that he wishes to die
for an unworthy cause while the mark of the mature man
is that he wishes to live humbly for a worthy one.
The Calling is an exploration of young
men?s lust for danger and adventure and the places it can
Director Stuart Kershaw sets out to
discover why young men from all walks of life and across
cultures are so magnetically attracted to ideas of
sacrifice. His journey takes him from the monotony of
western living to the wilderness of Alaska, to football
hooligans in the England, finally the shifting warfronts
of the Middle East and the terrorism it can breed.
To begin, Kershaw explores the
motivations of idealistic young men who journey into the
deserts in pursuit of spiritual Epiphany. What is this
wanderlust that possesses people like Chris McCandless, as
recounted in the best selling book and major motion
picture Into the Wild. He soon realizes this wanderlust is
really just a dimension of something broader stirring in
young men everywhere.
Sports, the military, fanatical movements
can be seen as outlets for young men?s aggression. With
modern society blurring the lines of gender identity,
young men are as confused as ever as to what their role
should be. There are no rituals remaining for transforming
a boy into a man.
Kershaw is witness to young Israeli
soldiers fighting even younger Palestinian school children
armed with stones and catapults. The tragic consequences
of this battle are revealed in real time as Kershaw
documents the young men willing to ?risk all? to realize
their heroic desires and give their lives undeniable
meaning. And yet it is not just the disillusioned and
poverty stricken who find solace in mass movements.
Fanaticism is a trans-class phenomenon and Kershaw
explores why so many of the 9/11 hijackers harked from
well-educated middle class families; and why the same
phenomenon can be witnessed in sports stadia across
Europe, where soccer hooliganism is rife. In his
exploration, Kershaw goes undercover to meet some of the
most notorious football hooligans in the UK, the elusive
ICF, as seen in the feature film Green Street starring
As Kershaw moves closer to understanding
his private motivations, he must suspend balanced
rationale like the radicals around him, if he is to
understand the priceless gift of belonging.