HERE AND AFTER
It’s a different perspective on life; from exploring one’s sense of belonging in a foreign land, to breaking through an imaginary barrier and finally to following the path of angels in the afterlife.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the numbers of moments that take our breath away.”
The Arrival by Lara Barclay
The Arrival is an inspired adaptation of a graphic novel entitled “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan. It tells the story of an immigrant who lives in a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.
Breaking Glass by Monica Proença
“Invisible walls of a prison,Monotonous continuityOf a comfortable discomfort,Shatters to bits and reveals an abyssOf anxious freedomTo redefine yourself.
Walk away:From essence to existence,Future without certainty,A near past without meaning,Life without understanding.
Then, we build another wallTo shatter once againIn distress of avoidingA reborn destiny.”
Anjos Que Caem by Davi Rodrigues
“Anjos que Caem (Angels that Fall) is about the path of angels once they have finished their mission. Where do angels go once they have fulfilled their duties? "Why are we here now?" - This piece suggests that there is no 'now' or 'here.' There is only a place that angels create together, so they can find one another. Nobody makes it alone. They need each other to finish their work. What is an angel's purpose? To remember and let go. And through this, they begin again…”