Announcing GIFT – a film by our friend Robin McKenna

What better response to the apocalypse could there be than courage, generosity, and our best creative selves? Times are dark… but the spirit of the gift lives, and might be the most important thing we have to offer.

“In times like these, we need to be able to imagine life on the other side of our peril. We need everyone to show up with their best talents and gifts. And we need to help each other find the courage to share those gifts with love and generosity.”

Michelle Holliday, Fiddling While the World Burns

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World, GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts, and the beauty and challenges of fearlessly giving and receiving. 

GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character‐driven stories. On North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast, a young Indigenous artist and carver undertakes the elaborate preparations for a – to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, protected by a barricade of art : a model of resistance, and an invaluable gift.  In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-­apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Lee Mingwei prepares to launch Sonic Blossom – a “transformative gift” of song.

You can find more about screenings & tickets here.


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