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This experimental documentary by local filmmakers Hart Ginsburg and Dave Schmudde is part of their series that explores basic human needs and the resilience of people who are denied those things. Aijo takes its title from the Japanese word for love and consists mostly of street interviews with marginalized members of society—addicts, the elderly, the homeless. Ginsburg and Schmudde ask disarmingly simple questions (“What is love?”; “Have you ever felt loved?”), and though the rambling, hard-luck responses can be numbing, they're shaped into something richer and more affecting than I initially expected. 48 min.

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