New Narratives Film Festival
Poetry as a Mirror
| 2020.10.02 FRI. — 10.11 SUN. |
As we prepare this year's New Narratives Film Festival, it feels like the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel has disappeared completely. The Covid-19 crisis has amplified a growing sense of panic and isolation around the world. Country to country, home to home, body to body -- every conceivable object in existence is now cordoned off by barriers, fences, masks. Worse yet, we can barely comprehend the source of this crisis. With the naked eye, we cannot see the world's latest and greatest enemy. With the ear, we cannot hear it attack the body.
In these unprecedented times, poets can offer some solace. But the vision of the poet can also be extremely unsettling. This makes now, more than ever, the time for us to realize the ability of her work to prophesize -- to place a stark mirror in front of us and show us who we were, who we are, and who we will be.
This year's NNFF, planned in the quiet space of this current moment, offers an opportunity: to let poets ignite a small flicker of light in this darkened tunnel, and to let us, through their work, take stock of the past and present, and of what possibly lies ahead.