A wonderful film about the life and work of the bestselling author of ‘Iron John: A Book About Men’, revealing Bly’s journey from Minnesota farm boy to global troubadour and one of the world’s most influential poets, social activists and cultural troublemakers. The event is presented in conjunction with the ‘Poetry in Aldeburgh’ Festival 2016.
Poet Robert Bly stands out even among the celebrated, revolutionary generation of American artists who burst forth in the 1950s. A Thousand Years of Joy charts Bly’s singular path from farmer’s son on a wintry Minnesota farm to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990’s men’s movement. The bespectacled, white-haired Bly is every inch the politically and spiritually engaged mystic, seeking each moment’s fervid heart as well as the eternal, intuitive bedrock beneath our cultivated ideologies and ‘personas.’ He was one of the first to translate Pablo Neruda, Rumi and other ecstatic Sufi poets, and 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 confounding whirling dervish, Bly’s life embodies the quest for personal honesty and shared truth.
Filmed over four years in five US states and two countries, the film features Louise Erdrich, Jeff Gordinier, Donald Hall, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Garrison Keillor, James Lenfestey, Philip Levine, Michael Meade, Mark Rylance, Martin Shaw, Martin Sheen, Gary Snyder, Tracy K. Smith, Gioia Timpanelli, Lewis Hyde, Martin Prechtel, Roger Bonair-Agard, and other luminaries from the world of culture.
Guests: After the screening Harry Burton, the film’s producer and participant in Iron John camps, in conversation with Ruth Padel, Poet, and Dariane Pictet, Poetry Editor and Psychotherapist
Event Duration 120mins