TRADING THE FUTURE (2008, dir. b.h. Yael) is a video essay that questions the inevitability of apocalypse and its repercussions on environmental urgencies. Starting with a personal memory, the fear of the rapture, the video addresses the Christian narrative for the end of times, and draws connections to secular apocalypticism and the ready acceptance of a cataclysmic end. Trading the Future also challenges the philosophical and practical underpinnings of the symbolic of death, the growth of the market place, and the politics of apocalypse, while proposing possible alternatives in the idea of natality, the productivity of biodiversity and the agency of everyday activism.
The screening (55 minutes) will be followed by a discussion with director b.h. Yael.
OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.