The issue of arbitrary boundaries is brought up, briefly, in Brand: A Second Coming, when Brand discusses nationhood. He points out that boundaries are never pre-defined, they are inscribed by humans as a way of separating the human species. This theme is key to the film about the struggle to equality around the Civil Rights movement, Selma. By accepting such boundaries we are destined to live fearful lives, fearful of the ever present ‘Other.’ By removing such boundaries we may begin to understand that the Other is not so different from the Self.
Oh, and it is perhaps my duty to point out that there is lots of humour in Brand’s film, in case I’m making it sound all a bit serious – it’s quite funny in places. And managing to get into the Paramount Theater for $12 a piece was exceptional value considering the corporate monster that #SXSW is turning into.