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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY
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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY presents a moving portrait of one of America's most celebrated and revolutionary poets of the last half-century. The film showcases Bly's development as a writer with an unswerving belief in the importance of poetry both to his own life and to American culture in general. A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY charts Bly's singular path from a Mid-western farmer's son to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to "wild man" of the 1990s men's movement and author of The New York Times best-seller Iron John: A Book About Men. Filmed over four years in five states and two countries, the film features interviews with former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine; Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith; award-winning poet and essayist Jane Hirshfield; author and humorist Garrison Keillor; and actors Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies") and Martin Sheen ("The West Wing"), as well as other luminaries from the worlds of art and culture. Bly is the winner of the National Book Award, The Robert Frost Medal and numerous other accolades. Along with his own acclaimed poetry, he has been at the forefront of introducing poetry from around the world through translations and publishing. He was one of the first to translate poets as diverse as Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda and Rumi. His work with Joseph Campbell exploring the metaphorical, psychological terrain of myth and ritual led to the unexpected pop culture phenomenon of Iron John. A con- founding whirling dervish, Bly's life embodies the quest for personal honesty and shared truth. Bly's story, from farm boy to global troubadour, presents an inspiring example of the individual seeking personal development while staying engaged with the the times they live in.

DISTRIBUTOR: American Public Television
APT PROGRAM SERVICE: Exchange
PRODUCER: Zinc Films
PRESENTER: KRCB

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Contract period: 2017.04.01-2022.03.31
Web Streaming - Full length rights
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