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SXSW Review: Documentary 'Above All Else' Obscured By Narrow Focus

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2014 1:31 PM
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Above All Else
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm firmly against the Keystone XL pipeline that will start in Canada and cut through the United States to the Gulf Coast. If it goes through, I think it's an environmental disaster waiting to happen, with an economic boost that would temporarily benefit the average worker, in what would ultimately be a financial gain for a few at the top. And that's not to mention the detrimental impact it will have on individuals, communities and more, just through construction alone. But even with that stance, a decision on this controversial proposition will only benefit from considered debates that give both sides a chance to equally air their positions without hyperbole. Certainly, in a sharply partisan political sphere in the United States, that's not easy, which makes it all the more frustrating that John Fiege couldn't raise the bar of discourse with "Above All Else."

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