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Message from the Future II: The years of repair

2 October 2020 at 5:00 pm
Wendy Williams
A new animated short film hopes to offer an antidote to the desperation and crises of 2020

Wendy Williams | 2 October 2020 at 5:00 pm


Message from the Future II: The years of repair
2 October 2020 at 5:00 pm

A new animated short film hopes to offer an antidote to the desperation and crises of 2020

Can you imagine a world where no one is sacrificed and everyone is essential?

A group of artists, activists and storytellers have joined forces to do just that, with the launch of a new animated short film offering a hopeful vision for the future.

Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair imagines 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and global uprisings against racism drive us to build back a better society.

It boasts an all-star cast of narrators including Opal Tometi, Emma Thompson, Gael García Bernal and Nnimmo Bassey, and features the art of Molly Crabapple.

Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, said the film envisions a way to build a better world out of overlapping crises.

“The pandemic has reminded us – for better and for worse – that we are all interconnected. And the uprisings against systemic racism have shown that there is power in the streets,” Tometi said.

“It is clearer than ever before what is essential in our society, and whose lives must no longer be treated as expendable.”

The film was launched on Thursday with a coalition of partner organisations that have been campaigning on various elements of the vision the film brings to life including, The Movement for Black Lives, The Sunrise Movement, Global Nurses United, Amazon Watch, and Greenpeace International.

Actor Thompson said the film, produced by The Leap and The Intercept, translates the chants rising up from the pavements into a coherent and hopeful vision of the future.

“In the best utopian tradition, this film doesn’t indulge in wild-eyed futurism, divorced from the hard reality of people’s lives. It offers a picture of our future grounded in the best of our present – in the political demands, creativity and courage of social movements,” Thompson said.

See here for more information or watch below.

Wendy Williams  |  Editor  |  @WendyAnWilliams

Wendy Williams is a journalist specialising in the not-for-profit sector and broader social economy. She has been the editor of Pro Bono News since 2018.

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