In amongst my pre-occupation with finishing this research degree, I occasionally stick my head up for air. This morning a trailer for a film really got my attention.
For us ‘older folk’ the name Midway Atoll conjures up heroics of sea battles during World War II, as a pivotal period in the Pacific campaign of the Americans vs the Japanese, men died, stories were told, films were made. It was part of the legacy provided by the generation before.
Now a new battle is raging, and most of us don’t care. Our planet is in dire trouble, the warning signs are being ignored and apathy rules. Some groups (like Greenpeace, Planet Ark 350.org) are actively trying to do something about it, and deserve our support – not our condemnation.
This new film about to be released by a talented photographer Chris Jordan, simply called ‘Midway’ should be seen by everyone. The trailer is in vimeo – [vimeo http://vimeo.com/25563376] .
It states: The MIDWAY film project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding.
We frame our story in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world’s most beautiful natural sanctuaries. The viewer will experience stunning juxtapositions of beauty and horror, destruction and renewal, grief and joy, birth and death, coming out the other side with their heart broken open and their worldview shifted. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, MIDWAY will take viewers on a guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and love that is already reaching an audience of tens of millions of people around the world.
The film’s main site is: MIDWAY project
We must start to care more, as this is the legacy we are leaving the next generations.