|FIRE OF THE FINAL DAYS|
|Winner: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY DOCUMENTARY SHORT |
|Crew: ||Producers: Doug Leconte - Cinematographer: Doug Leconte - Editor: Doug Leconte|
The Earth's language is spiritual and tenuous, a series of whispers and feelings. It is however also remarkably and shockingly incompatible with the languages of exploitation and commercialism. Many of us have completely forgotten that there ever was another language, another possibility.
Historically, nature, mountains, rivers, trees, the sun, the moon have always been honored in ancient cultures. The modern corporate economic model has disconnected us from this form of reciprocity that human kind used to have with the natural world. As we continue to accelerate through the rapid-fire of a paradigm immersed in technology, a culture defined by the values of the simulacrum, have we come to expect a tense anxious and confrontational existence as the cornerstone of our humanity? It may be that the remedy to this angst - resulting from this sense of detachment we feel - lies in the lives and values of the few remaining land-based cultures on this planet. I am convinced that these Indigenous cultures are a valuable and vulnerable resource we shouldn't ignore any longer. Desperately few remaining, many of them have been compromised by our lifestyle to various extents. Yet these old customs and beliefs have piercing details about our place in the practical calculus of existence. They contain durable messages from ancestors who turned to their senses and not the cold reductionist dualism of 19th century Cartesian logic for answers to existential puzzles. If humanity has the will to rectify this ecological conundrum that it has gotten itself into we will need to reexamine the ancient relationships that indigenous peoples hold and nurture a more amiable and enduring relationship with the Earth.
"Fire of the Final Days" is a reference to the Seven Fires Prophecy of the Anishinaabeg people, who live in the Great Lakes region of North America. The traditional ceremonies of the Mide are a gateway to the knowledge of the Anishinaabeg ancestors. They are expressions of contentment, respect, and appreciation to the world.
Doug Leconte lives in Sioux Lookout, ON, Canada.