Becoming: Nature’s Sensually Choreographed Battle with Man

Becoming: Nature’s Sensually Choreographed Battle with Man

Becoming is an acclaimed, stunningly beautiful short film created by Ayelén Liberona and Joseph Johnson Camí at Canada’s Wandering eye Productions.  The film is about a mythical woodland creature who is called upon to fight a battle with Man.  It mixes together beautiful imagery in the form of beautiful costumes and locations, as well as the beauty of movement by the main character, a mythical being named Idolamantis, an ancient woman who moves like a praying mantis.

Man is garbed in old jeans with a rope for a belt.  Barefoot and bare-chested, he is the epitome of the archetypal peasant, straining at trying to make a living.  The great shock for Man, and for the viewer, occurs when Idolamantis is caught in mid-air as she literally comes in for a landing on top of him.  What follows is an erotic, yet vicious duet for the two charismatic performers.  We have pushed nature to the limit and she is fighting back; the slinky, seductive, reptilian Idolamantis wins the day.

Becoming: Nature’s Sensually Choreographed Battle with Man

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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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