GIFT

GIFT

GIFT

Documentary - 1 hour 30 minutes

Date: Available for viewing from Thursday, December 15th through Saturday, December 17th

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Cost: Suggested donation $10 US.
Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

Made available by our Charter Partner Films for the Planet
 
 

 

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character‐driven stories. On North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast, a young indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch – 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.

The Gift, chronicles gift-based cultures from around the world. A tribute to the value of creativity in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we “labour in service of our gifts”.

Festivals: World Premiere – Le FiFA 2018; Cinequest 2019; Transitions Film Festival 2019; DocuDays Documentary Film Festivals 2019; Wexford Documentary Film Festival 2020

Check out Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein and his course, Living in the Gift to explore this subject in depth.

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