Let Each One's formal parameters make it a challenging viewing experience, especially given the paucity of explicatory titles or subtitled language. But then the fact that both filmmaking teams eschew exposition should be viewed in light of all those documentaries that are nothing but context. Even when necessary, these kinds of films tend to substantiate what we already know. Sweetgrass and Let Each One do something very different. In the hours after watching each, my own semi-urban environment seemed quite alien to me, but my feelings were more intact for it.
SWEETGRASS opens Fri/12 in Bay Area theaters
BEN RUSSELL: LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY
Fri/12, 7:30 p.m., $10
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission, SF