Burning Man Festival 1995

A documentary film about America’s largest countercultural event, held annually in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Participants bring their own food, water and shelter and create a temporary community with very few rules or boundaries. The festival culminates in the burning of a 40-foot tall human effigy, known simply as “the Man.”

What’s the point? Is this just indulgence or does it have a deeper meaning? Many who attend are not sure themselves, calling it “a rainbow gathering for bad people.” Meanwhile, the festival founder, Larry Harvey, calls it “a laboratory for reinventing civilization.”

Filmed at the 1995 Burning Man Festival by Joe Winston.

 

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