Co-directed by Ian MacKenzie, John Wolfstone, and Julia Maryanska
For millennia, human beings lived in deep connection with the source of life. We understood ourselves as part of the natural world, part of divinity, part of one another. We were indigenous to place – we belonged – realizing that kinship through a shared life in community, tribe and village. This was the story of interconnection – and it was our story for a long, long time.
And then 10,000 years ago, a spark of a new story was lit in our species, born of a new awareness, of being separate from all else. This story moved slow at first but then it began to spread like wildfire.
In the story of separation, it became ‘natural’ to fear – fear Others, fear Nature, fear God.
Fear bore the need to control, where through domination, some peoples hoped to subdue the Earth, the forces of nature, and the other creatures, in order to protect ourselves. As the wildfire of separation consciousness spread, it began to uproot peoples who still lived in the story of interconnection, systematically destroying tribe, community and village – rendering people to the anonymity – and subjugation – of empire.
And so the process carried on for generations.
Today, we live in a world at the apex of this story of separation. Instead of community we have nuclear family, instead of indigenous ways of tending our ecologies, we have suburban development, instead of a reciprocal exchange, we have big box everything. Our world has become privatized, isolated and lonely, and the consequences, on mass scale, are the mounting global crisis that define our times. The gravity of our situation is mirrored to us everyday in Facebook feeds, on cable news and in each new scientific report – the alarms are sounding – we as a species have reached an existential moment.
Will extinction be our future?