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18 March 2019

Hope for the Future

by Syd Briscoe

The Verge: “Better Worlds: A Theory of Flight” - 3 mins

The Verge have launched this affecting film from their sci-fi project 'Better Worlds' - a collection of fiction dedicated to hope. Adapted from a short story by Justina Ireland, the film uses space travel as an allegory for the current refugee crisis - tackling themes of poverty, revolution, and beating an unfair system.

The animation style impeccably matches the story's retro-futuristic tone, as pixelated imagery recalls vintage video games while charting the protagonist's open-source rocket rebellion. Emotive and emboldening, we highly recommend reading the original tale in addition to watching.

Film Production: 1stAveMachine London Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Device
Illustrator: David Feliu / Luke Etcheverry / Evgeniy Yudin / Toni Sala
Animation: Sebastian Garcia / Juan Nadalino
Written By: Laura Hudson

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