Tuesday, April 20, 2010


dystopian imagery is more common these days than optimism about progress towards utopia. we're one cynical lot judging by our popular culture and contemporary art. sometimes i wonder whether lethargy is the only serious alternative to despair...

amongst all this negativity and fear a project like itvs's futurestates, where 11 renowned and up-and-coming filmmakers were asked to describe in film their view of the prospects of us society, is welcome and fresh. their efforts created amazing short films of various themes, speculative and complex, and, depending on their personal attitude, either pessimistic or optimistic.

the film below, by ramin bahrani with the voice of werner herzog and music by sigur rós, deals with the immortality struggles of a plastic bag. the outcome is thought-provoking and beautiful.

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