Presented as part of 3hd 2020’s “UNHUMANITY” festival week in Berlin, starting November 3, Rory Pilgrim’s “The Undercurrent” short-film will be screening at 3hdTV. It will be available to watch on the site in the lead up to an online performance, as part of the “Crisis Management” event, co-presented with HAU Hebbel Am Ufer on November 7.
Telling of urgent contemporary issues through music, the multidisciplinary artist’s film is a statement on the era of the climate crisis. It creates connections between art, activism and spirituality, while exploring community-building locally and globally, offline and online. “The Undercurrent” was made over a period of two months through workshops, field trips and vlogs, and filmed in Boise, Idaho, with 10 young climate activists and the surrounding towns. While this environmental emergency appears to be the most important theme, these participants explore how climate change interconnects with other aspects of their lives, including family, difficulties with religion, friendship, fighting for gender equality and the essential needs of a household.
The film further explores questions of home, security, shelter, communication and nature, where members from the local homeless community from Boise reflect on their experiences.”The Undercurrent” marks the first chapter of a wider body of work that will continue to deal with the constant action needed to deal with the climate crisis—using film as a means not to record or document loss but as an agent to stop it.