On the 22nd of June BioGrafen was stuffed to the brim – 11 people aged 4-5 and 3 people in their late thirties. BioGrafen was hosting the event “Future”, and the seats had been booked for almost six months. It was a massive success.
We had chosen a film in feature lenght – eventhough the adult caretakers of the children had said, that usually the attention span of the group, when watching films, was maximum 20 minutes. That´s no problem, we said, thay can just play in the garden then, untill evrybody has finished
We had chosen a film with a very slow pace, with a very realistic and concrete experience of time.
We had chosen a film with many scenes that had nothing directly to do with the plot, but was just observations. Of nature. A frog. Rain. Forest.
It was a film with and for children – and it was about life and death and fear and love and hope. And magic. Of nature. It is a very real film.
No one left the cinema – not even to go pee. Evrybody stayed in there for the entire 90 minutes – and after that they all came out, singing the theme song, looking for the characters that lives in the forest in our garden and wild forest around.
A few weeks ago we spoke to a child pshyciatrist about children and mediaconsumption. She said something interesting – that children of this generation seems to loose the ability to watch and understand long shots (in danish “totalbilleder”). They get so used to having evrything explained to them in close ups and with music that dictates evry emotion.
They also get used to changing the story they watch if it gets boring to them for 3 seconds.
She argues that this is a loss. That it takes exposure to learn something. After talking to her, our event with the headline “Future” made even more sense. Of course. It will be wonderfull, also in the future, to have audiences that appriciate things that require attention. Patience. The use of all your senses. Time.
We screened Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghiblis masterpiece from 1988 “My neighbour Totoro”.
Still this film has not aged a day. And to us it points to important clues of what will be, and already is, dramatically necessary for the survival of humans generally.
Laying the Foundation of the Future.