Film by Canadian director Robin McKenna – ‘GIFT’ – Monday, October 28, 2020, Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, Tofino BC – $10 – no passes.
“GIFT is a poetic outlook on gift economies through art and cultural practices. It follows four storylines linked by creativity, generosity, resistance and defiance.”
Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we “labour in service of our gifts”, and a celebration of the imagination.
On North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast, a young Indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, protected by a “barricade of art”. In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey. In Auckland, New Zealand, artist Mingwei Lee prepares to launch Sonic Blossom – a “transformative gift” of song.