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But about half way through the film - when writer, producer and director Vanessa Gould has you mesmerized - we move from the artists to the "mathematicians" who use the paper folding to solve long time mathematical questions and teach students in elementary schools about math through origami. You'll meet the father and son geniuses (the younger becoming a professor at MIT at age 20!) that are using it to help scientists examinethe forms of human body cells and DNA. As the son says, "we may even, someday, find a cure for AIDS". Then there is the teacher who has integrated origami into the math curriculum in all the elementary schools in Israel and the results of test show that it improves the students' scores.
This film won many festival awards and deservedly so.
The DVD includes a collection of "deleted scenes" (my favorite is the genius son who says he does this only because it has to be fun) as well as a six-minute short film (also by Gould) about the Israeli school program.
Whether you appreciate art or science or just want to be fascinated for an hour, this is film that I can highly recommend!
The one big plus about this documentary is that it is not a collage of meaningless soundbites. We can almost use this as a training film or at least a professional class.
We start out with the kitsch factor of origami then go through the different forms of origami. Then we get to meet the man that really changed the concept of origami Akira Yoshizawa. From there we learn that there can be more than meets the eye with the mathematical application of origami and the origami application on geometry. We apply origami to potentially all forms of science. Then we even apply it to practical applications as folding of air bags for automobiles.
Now let us slow down and see that the individual artists and engineers presenting this program also are presenting the evolution of how people become experts in their field. We see that everything starts out (concise or otherwise) as a series of simple skills and progress into complexity. We try to imitate reality. Later we realize that am imitation is just that and drop the effort to imitate in place of capturing its essence. You see this in artists and writers that appear to have gone off the deep end. It also applies to practicality when we stop making robots to look like people and instead capture the functions needed.
If we do not take the time to contemplate the impact of origami on the world, the documentary is just fun to see what you can make or maybe purchase in the world.
I would really have liked to see an expanded documentary on papermaking.
Dr. Erik D. Demaine ...Read more ›
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Very interesting to see the passion of these artists. Fun to watch.Published 20 days ago by Zoma Olson
You don't need to be an origami afficianado to appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the artists shown in this DVD.Published 27 days ago by L. Reinhardt
This documentary is short and sweet. It's more than just origami, but rather a film about art. Can't suggest this enough for any type of artist, a mush watch! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Horia
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Very interesting to see the artists that are doing innovative work with paper.Published 4 months ago by Jim Kandler
I love this film. It's super interesting, and I have always loved origami. This shows you how complex the world of paper folding can actually be.Published 4 months ago by Audrey N.