On Earth, in a major city, Jewel walks home from work. She gets the key to open her mailbox. She drops it on a table and takes off her jacket. She sits in the corner next to the electric socket and sings.
At the local mom-and-pop store, a police officer takes his stolen package and leaves. An old lady, using a walker, reaches for her gun underneath her girdle as the police officer walks past her. During his shift, the police officer solicits a prostitute. He leans his arm on the wall and flirts. They exchange packages.He gives her drugs from evidence while he gets money. She later shops at the store.
A mother carries several cereal boxes. She pauses, shocked, to see her priest in disguise, buying condoms. He joyrides in his vintage car. In the middle of nowhere, a cowboy climbs out of the trunk. The cowboy returns to his farm, where he plants carrots.
A carrot, from the cowboy’s farm, ends up in a lady’s kitchen. A man, working out on the treadmill, talks on his cell phone. His doctor examines his X-ray, finding a tumor in his jaw. He lies in the hospital, the machine tracking his heartbeat.
Jewel reads a travel brochure, advertising the utopian paradise to escape everyday life. She orders carry out. She and the delivery guy share a polite conversation. She tips him.
A tag on her door reads: “Taking Inner City Youth Off The Streets.” On television, an executive and the representative from the community center shake hands while holding onto an oversized check. for ten thousand dollars. A teacher has her arm around the shoulder of one of the boys who is mentored by the representative. The newspaper headline, though, says that “Mayor Batten Puts The Hammer Down.” Outside her apartment, the sun shines.
Meanwhile, a soldier, fighting in the torturous heat, gets shot. He drops down to the ground, his blood flowing into the ground, through the pipeline and into the gas station, where the representative fills up his car. Two prostitutes lean out the window, telling him to hurry up. He pats his jacket for his credit cards. The clerk inside grins as he opens the cash.
She lets the towel land on the floor. She turns on the faucet in the shower and then touches her body against the clear glass. She ties the towel around her chest and sees the newsstand below, its rack loaded with beauty magazines. A woman, at a plastic surgeon’s office, holds up the magazine photo as an example. The plastic surgeon marks her body of the excess fat.
The marks on her body lead to a blueprint of a rocket ship. In the government building, two generals shake hands. On their flight, they visit the massage parlor set up for them, with several prostitutes as their guests.
A little girl shows her mother the toy rocket ship. Her mother grins.
In her storage area, she tries on some shoes over her socks.
The little girl and her mother leave the grocery store. The police officer helps the old lady. Jewel closes her curtain in her apartment, located in a major city, on planet Earth.
In 2004, Jewel was speaking up about the George W. Bush administration, which was facing criticism for the Iraq War. An unpopular decision, as protests began to take place, namely in New York, according to the BBC News. It formed his legacy, becoming synonymous with Weapons of Mass Destruction and the photo of him declaring victory six months later underneath the banner “Mission Accomplished.”
Jewel’s extreme contradictory scenarios seemed outlandish, veering into parody. Then 2017 happened. Over 10 years later, she tapped into the emotions of the ignored Americans, feeling powerless and angry, desperate for their government to save them but too proud to admit to need it. She also highlighted the corruption going on both within the local police and government, who care about kick backs and sex than doing their jobs.
It also pinpoints that everything and everyone is connected, affected by the government’s decision in some way. She may be safe at home. However, a soldier is fighting for a war over oil. A cowboy plants his crops. He also has an affair with a local priest, who preaches his sermons a block from Jewel’s apartment and baptized the little girl seen in the market.
Director: Chris Applebaum Year: 2003
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