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Barberland is a 2002 American independent documentary film directed and produced by brothers A.D. Liano and Robert Liano. It premiered at the 2002 Independent Filmmaker Project Festival in 2000 and was commercially released by BlueRain Films in 2002.
Barberland is a portrayal of barbers and their shops which have been quickly fading into vanishing Americana. Through quirky tales told by the barbers who were there, the film is a document to a time when a good shave and haircut made all the difference in your day, and people meant more than money.
The making of Barberland was a journey into a bulwark of vanishing Americana. Barbers and their shops were originally going to be one segment of a larger documentary project which was to also include pool halls, coffee shops and diners but this was immediately abandoned after the production team completed a few weeks of shooting barbers and decided barbershops would be a sufficient subject for a feature-length documentary.
Unlike most documentary films which contain ample cutaways to b-roll and archive footage, Barberland contains only interviews with barbers in their shops; sitting in their chairs and/or cutting their customer's hair. While an assemblage of talking heads would be considered a cardinal sin for most documentary filmmakers, this technique creates a simulation of the trip through a "land of barbers", thus delivering on the film's title. The film also contains no voice-over as it common in most documentary films. Instead, the barbers tell their own story in their own words. The production of Barberland serves to create a unique sensibility that lives somewhere between Ken Burns and Michael Moore films.
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