Impoverished Places: An Inspiration to Comfort and Transform Us

Impoverished Places: An Inspiration to Comfort and Transform Us

Impoverished Places is a dramatic, uplifting five-minute short film produced by the Canadian filmmaker Karen Pascal, which provides a sensitive, poetically touching evocation of  our needs for human connections.  In the film, two dancers, one of whom has lived with Parkinson’s Disease for thirty years, enact a dramatic portrayal of the relationship between the finite and the infinite, while all the while reaching into their “impoverished places” to comfort and transform us.

The film stands as a bold reminder that people are capable of doing great things that can in turn inspire greatness in others.  It quietly makes a strong statement supporting our social aspirations for peace and a soothing sense of communion that is stronger and deeper than the need to win in the competition of life.  More specifically, it evokes an emphasis upon wishes for both belonging and human connection.  This, in turn, is interpenetrated with a hope for the kind of society in which people with developmental disabilities and the friends who assist them can work together in ways that enable each person to grow to his or her full potential.

Impoverished Places: An Inspiration to Comfort and Transform Us

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