Well, the consequences of big decisions made in 2016 have started to manifest themselves this year and 2018 looks very unpredictable indeed. Will Donny continue his mission to become the World’s Greatest Ego by ignoring every person and every fact that contradicts him or will we end the year with President Pence and whatever new hell that might usher in? Will Theresa keep clunking on despite her complete ineptitude and the Tory weasels gnawing at her heels? Will Jezza ever make a policy statement about Brexit? Will men in general grow up and start treating women as people? Will women in general stop taking notice of the propaganda aimed at them and start being nicer to other women? Will we all be blown to kingdom come?
But let’s hope it all works out well, eh, and the human race starts to value difference as something good and enriching, rather than as a threat. Please. So tell us about films with a message of hope and/or resilience, something that stirs the soul and restores/ingites faith in humanity.
I’m going back to 2011 and thence, accompanied by the off-kilter narration of Werner Herzog, back a further 32,000 years to the Cave Of Forgotten Dreams. In 3D, the wall paintings shown in this film transported me back to a time when humans and animals were part of the same environment and, having not yet discovered how to commit mass slaughter, the humans seemed to have an understanding of their place in the world. We are the same creatures who want to record their lives (on cave walls rather than smartphones) and leave their handprints as proof of existence, yet we now also have the technology and understanding to find, analyse, record and enable others to experience things that happened thousands of years ago. In a strange Teutonic accent.
What films that inspire hope and resilience would you recommend?