New Film Offers a Solution to Racism, Climate Change, and Pandemics

Celebrities and activists team up to imagine 2020 as a catalyst for global transformation.

What if we lived in a world truly free from racism, pandemics, climate crises, and economic disaster? What if we really all did get along and worked toward a supportive and compassionate society? Does such a future for humanity exist? And that’s the world we could have, according to a new star-studded short film, Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair.

The film, produced by The Leap and The Intercept, features a roster of talent. It includes art by Molly Crabapple, political storytelling from Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis and Black Lives Matter co-founder, Opal Tometi. It’s narrated by Tometi, actors and activists Emma Thompson and Gael García Bernal, and Nigerian poet and activist Nnimmo Bassey.

A follow-up to the 2019 Emmy-nominated film Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the sequel dives into the lives of essential workers and marginalized communities. Just like many of us have done at some point since the pandemic started, it imagines a different world. That world it envisions is one where we overcome the challenges 2020 has so clearly magnified. 

New Short Film Imagines 2020 As a Catalyst for Global Transformation
Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair

‘We Are All Interconnected’

“The pandemic has reminded us — for better and for worse — that we are all interconnected. And the uprisings against systemic racism have shown that there is power in the streets,“ Tometi said in a statement.

But, says Thompson, the film doesn’t indulge in “wild-eyed futurism, divorced from the hard reality of people’s lives.” Instead, she says the project instead offers viewers “a picture of our future grounded in the best of our present — in the political demands, creativity and courage of social movements. It translates the chants rising up from the pavements into a coherent and hopeful vision of the future.”

The film debuted on October 1, and has already been seen thousands of times. It walks viewers through the steps humanity could take from here on out to rebuild our world. Steps like green public housing, buried border walls, healed ecosystems.

 “It is clearer than ever before what is essential in our society, and whose lives must no longer be treated as expendable,” Tometi said. “This film envisions a way to build a better world out of overlapping crises, one in which no one is sacrificed and everyone is essential.”

Watch the full video below.

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