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TRADING THE FUTURE

b.h. Yael / Canada / 2008 / 59 ' / English

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A video essay that questions the inevitability of apocalypse and its repercussions on environmental urgencies.

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TRADING THE FUTURE is a video essay that questions the inevitability of apocalypse and its repercussions on environmental urgencies.  Starting with a personal memory, the fear of the rapture, the video addresses the Christian narrative for the end of times, and draws connections to secular apocalypticism and our ready acceptance of a cataclysmic end. The video also challenges the philosophical and practical underpinnings of the symbolic of death, the desirability of the growth of the market place, and the politics of apocalypse, while proposing possible alternatives in the idea of natality, the productivity of biodiversity and the agency of everyday activism.

b.h. Yael traveled from Toronto to Patmos Island in Greece (where John wrote the book of Revelation), from Tofino, B.C. to New York, from England to Megiddo in northern Israel. Decidedly un-heroic, or non-messianic, TRADING THE FUTURE refuses to reproduce the apocalyptic images that we have been inundated with in media and movies.

 

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