Knock Knock (2013)
Despite the soothing corporate promises of limitless luxury (Acura), human security (Geico), and greater crop yields (Monsanto), precarity shapes our melancholy national landscape. Meanwhile Facebook preaches the joys of connectivity and community to the not-so United States of America: "Dance floors. Basketball. A great nation. A great nation is something people build so they can have a place where they belong." In Florida,the issue of belonging and safety hovered over the trial of the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African-American who was walking through a gated community. Speaking to the jury in his opening remarks, Zimmerman's defense attorney noted that: "Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. ... I'd like to tell you a little joke. I know how that may sound a bit weird, in this context, under these circumstances....Knock knock." Who's there? An excellent question.

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