Future My Love (2012) – film review

Future My Love (2012)
Director: Maja Borg
Stars: Nadya Cazan, Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows

A deep & thoughtful documentary about the nature of money & how it has created a learned process of greed and envy was recently screened at Edinburgh film festival. David Marren was in the audience for us.

From the grainy opening footage of Maja Borg’s film Future My Love which combines documentary footage interwoven with a fictional narrative, it is clear that this film has a point to make which goes beyond its ninety nine minute duration. It is a film which looks closely at a world which is killing itself and its resources by being so involved with monetary values which have created a learned process of greed and envy.

It is not a film without hope however, and hope and a different form of understanding are what Borg tries to articulate through this insightful and emotionally moving film.
In essence the film is a continuation of themes from an earlier work -Ottica Zero- and inherits some of its pathos. Like that film Borg includes her own relationship and its subsequent breakdown ”“shot in black and white lending it an ethereal quality- and pits it against the world’s relationship breakdown with its inhabitants. The lushness of the Venus Project where much of the footage is shot contrasts vividly with the monochrome of the fictional sequences and the inclusion of carefully researched archival footage serves only to create another dimension indicating that Borg’s pronouncements and beliefs are not one dimensional and without proper consideration.

It is an interesting concept that Borg is addressing and notable that she realises society cannot be redesigned as if it were merely another piece of machinery.

Interesting sound-bites and theories emerge from main interviewee, 93 year old futurist and social engineer Jacque Fresco, providing serious food for thought and consideration. Values have been learnt over centuries and a world functioning on a system utilising natural resources is great in theory -money not being what is needed but instead access to the necessities of life- but theories require the input of contributors and in this case that would be the world’s population.

A whole series of cultural values would have to be unlearnt and this is more difficult than learning new ones. As is noted at one juncture no society ever got rich by creating happy people and for many thinking is limited by income and those on the lower end of the scale are so limited it is almost beyond them to dream of a better existence.

In Future My Love Borg has created a work which requires thought long after the closing credits have rolled. It is a film with a message but the message is presented in an interesting and ultimately convincing format which should awaken its viewers conscience as well as their sensibilities. It is cleverly constructed and the beautiful soundtrack by The New Tango Orquestra furthers the ambitions of the film as it is simultaneously evocative and thought provoking. A film for anyone with a conscience then and it would appear we all need one of those.

More information about the film can be found here, where you can also view a trailer.

All words by David Marren. You can read more by David on LTW here. David also blogs at thequotidiantimes.

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