The Sum of It All
2021, Senior, Film
Ironically, the entire film I made spreading awareness of the complexities and need for environmental conservation, while also critiquing the self-centered nature of some forms of activism, turned into a film about myself and the things I notice or think about going through my daily routine. The film ends with the conclusion that I will never be a perfect activist, I will never not cause harm to the world in some way, and I will make mistakes--same as every other person. This doesn't only apply to climate change and ocean pollution, but it also applies to racism, sexism, ableism, classism, etc. Many of these concerns are systemic--they existed before I was born and will exist after I'm dead. Water connects all of us human beings, in our gloriously beautiful and problematic ways, making it a great way in which we can explore the intersection and connections of social issues.