• Jasmine Holly Bullock

The Stories That Prepared Us : We Are One Global Film Festival

The Stories That Prepared Us is one of the many projects that have been (and will be) released for the We Are One Global Film Festival. Having started on the 29th of May, up until the 7th of June various short films will be released on YouTube for the film festival. The projects range from kid friendly and adult short films to short documentaries and more abstract film projects. These works have all been made free for the public, although the festivals main aim is to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organisation. You can make donations via YouTube, which is being collected by the United Nations Foundation. $13,265 has already been raised!

"By protecting others, you save yourself. If you think only of yourself, you’ll destroy yourself." - The Seven Samurai

The Stories That Prepared Us is more of a abstract film project as there is no traditional ‘storyline’ or main characters or bit characters. Essentially this piece is a mash up clips from old and new well known films, such as Monsters Inc, Jaws, Osmosis Jones, WALL.E and many more. Each of the clips demonstrate how these films in some way ‘prepared’ us for our current surreal situation of global uncertainty and health fears. Coronavirus has thrown the entire world into an unprecedented situation, and yet it is eerie how the films included in The Stories That Prepared Us are so identifiable with the current situation.

Clips from films like Outbreak show us how films have predicted how society would handle a health crisis in the form of an illness. Films such as The Shining and The Lighthouse speak volumes about the effects of Cabin fever and isolation. Whereas films such as 28 Days Later gave audiences a glimpse into what the world would be like with a disease leading to economic collapse, loss of lives and the death of government. There are so many other films within this film that deal with global panic, abandoned places, denial, unemployment, the closing of schools, the reopening of beaches and the unwillingness to halt productivity for the sake of safety.

Created and directed by Jack Nugent and Andrew Fernandez, The Stories That Prepared Us is just over 8 minutes long, and yet is so poignant. No original material was used regarding video or sound, however it is clear that the piece was orchestrated very well and thought through well. All of the stories amalgamated together take us on another story, from fear and confusion to hope and determination. The sound editing was also great, none of the transitions between clips seemed clunky audio wise, so the jumping in and out of scenes wasn’t disorientating at all. This film was such a joy to watch, and was so thought provoking.

Whilst containing a lot of themes that were upsetting, mostly due to their unfortunate relevance to today’s climate, there is so much that can be taken from this film that summarises all these other great films. You are reminded that the deaths of people should not be reduced to simple statistics and numbers, but that every life matters and so we have a duty to prevent others from dying, to prevent this disease from spreading. Even the stories that prepared us agree: you save others by following the guidelines and looking out for one another!

The Stories That Prepared Us is something everyone should watch during this time; its currently significant, uplifting and just generally a good film. But even if this film doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy in the We Are One Global Film Festival. I really recommend checking out the festival website where you can also find the YouTube links to anything that catches your eye in the programme. I will leave a link to the website below.

Donations raised for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund via the We Are One Global Film Festival will be going towards a good cause, I hope they continue to raise more money and help save people’s lives.

RATING: ★★★★★



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