The Raft of the Medusa (for interdependence director’s cut)
Curator: Jean-François Chougnet | Session: Open Call
Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is a meditation on humanity’s massive redesign of the planet and a dystopic pamphlet on the anthropocene.
It portrays a brief moment of euphoria as the drifting occupants on the raft, hoping and praying to be rescued, appear to glimpse a possibility of salvation. We can almost hear the hoarse cries through which they attempt to draw attention to their desperate plight, mustering a final ounce of strength before the void. This is their last chance of survival.
Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa refers to the colonial paradigm, worldview, and technologies that mark out regions of high biodiversity in order to reduce life to its conversion into a resource through capitalism, with an enormous environmental and social impact.
It is an allegory for states of emergency in environmental policy, climate and migration, with an ethical- political purpose.
Production: ART for The World, ONG associated with the UNDPI
Patronage: United Nations, World Meteorological Organization
Financial support: SDC – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Partnership: Gail (India) Limited, ITIC – Ethical Fashion Initiative
Contribution: République et canton de Genève, Fondazione CARIPLO, Sesc, EBU – Operating Eurovision and Euroradio.
Lamaland additional credits to the commission:
Development support: Yaddo, Atelier – Museu Julio Pomar, Fundação Oriente
Support: ICA – Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Grupo Nova Imagem, Bikini Additional support: Fundacíon Botín, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa – Lisbon Film Commission, Screen Miguel Nabinho, Forum Dança, Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, cE3c – Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Alexandra Moura, CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Silva Dias – Socieda de de Comércio de Lenhas e Carvão, EDM – Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, RNTRANS – Grupo Urbanos, António e Luciano Neto Décor – Artes Décor e Cenografia, INTERSECCIÓN – Contemporary Audiovisual Art Festival, Estraperlo Editora, Fundación Luís Seoane and Deputación da Coruña