The Smell of Burning Ants (Institutional Use) 2007 NR

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The Smell of Burning Ants is a haunting account of the pains and trauma of growing up male. It evocatively presents the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. Rather than glorifying and romanticizing boyhood, this film opens up wounds to let the poisons out.

Richard J. Silberg
22 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Jay Rosenblatt
Starring Richard J. Silberg
Studio Jay Rosenblatt Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steven Janasik on December 6, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Where to start....
First of all, this film lasts for 20 minutes with the first 5 minutes devoted to the burning of insects - not necessarily boys burning insects, just burning insects, mostly ants, which are burning.
The remaining 15 minutes focuses on commonly believed stereotypes about boys. For some boys, the stereotypes are true, but the real truth is that boys, like all humans, are as varied as snowflakes - no two are alike.
The film pieces together brief and random B&W film clips mostly from the 60's which are not necessarily related to what the narrator is talking about. One exception is the 2 minute segment on potty training (the picture) however, again the narrator stereotypes boys saying that young boys resist potty training. The truth is that some resist, but most don't.
Another 2 minute segment centers on boys bullying boys. Again, the film stereotypes and implies that all boys do this. The truth is that some boys are bullies and some are not but the vast majority fall in the middle, with most having the capability of bullying given certain circumstances but most (but not all) tend to shy away from that kind of confrontation if possible.
Finally, the film stereotypes the general destructive nature of boys by focusing on the tendency of some boys to use magnifying glasses to burn insects, mostly ants. Again, some boys do this briefly, others don't, but the film implys that all boys do this, all the time.
The title implys that this film is for institutional use (probably colleges) but I can't imagine any college wasting it's money on something as inane and incorrect as this film. Anyone who buys this film for the outrageous price demanded by Amazon, will be extremely disappointed. It's a terrible waste of $200.
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