Hot Docs 21: Our Review of ‘Mau’

Posted in Hot Docs 2021, Movies, What's Streaming? by - May 03, 2021
Hot Docs 21: Our Review of ‘Mau’

Directed by Benji and Jono Bergmann, Mau is an in-depth picture of legendary designer Bruce Mau as he uses his unique way of seeing the world to [literally] reshape it. Mau has challenged people to rethink the way that they understand architecture and art. And he also helps people rethink the meaning of social justice.

Though it begins in the world of artistic design, Mau quickly spins off into so much more. Mau moves from creative arts into urban (and global) planning. Here, he recognizes the anything that can be designed means that it can be redesigned. He believes that design is connected into every area of life and offers limitless potential for the world. For him, design affects the core nature of every organization and offers insight into their true values.

Most importantly, there’s an optimism within Mau that is truly infectious. Regardless of the state of a project or organization, Mau believes that it can be changed for good. Having come out of difficult circumstances in his youth in Sudbury, Mau understands what it means to forge an attitude of hope from a time of adversity and it has shaped his entire worldview. At a time when so many throw their hands up in defeat, Mau believes that anything is redeemable and can become a force for good. As such, the results of his research and work are nothing short of staggering as he affects change at the highest levels, ranging from the philosophies of major corporations like Coca Cola to reimagining Guatemala and even [potentially] redesigning Mecca itself.

Thought-provoking and insightful, Mau gives the viewer an opportunity. By emphasizing positive change, Mau encourages everyone to take a genuine look at the authenticity of their work. He explores how people might positively affect the world around them.

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Born at a very early age, Steve is a Toronto-based writer and podcaster who loves to listen to what matters to our culture on screen. When he first saw Indiana Jones steal the cross of Coronado, he knew his world would never be the same and, since then, he’s found more and more excuses to digest what’s in front of him onscreen. Also, having worked as a youth and community minister for almost 20 years, he learned that stories help everyone engage the world around them. He’s a proud hubby, father (x2) and believes that Citizen Kane, Batman Forever (yes, the Kilmer one), and The Social Network belong in the same conversation. You can hear his ramblings on ScreenFish Radio wherever podcasts are gettable or at his website, ScreenFish.net.
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