Abenk Alter, Andre Yoga, Kanoko Takaya
Take Me Back (to the Future) is a visceral experience to look at generational issues which occur throughout the world. The narrative whisks the audience to view historical patterns that affect society from times of conflicts to the time of peace. Providing a space to reflect on the relationship of oneself and the surrounding.
How times have changed.
Two generations ago most of them were fighting for survival. Freedom became a national mission as they struggled to regain what was ours. The land, people’s identity, and cultural traditions were contended by a foreign power. The timid became brave, and the brave led the masses. Small pockets of optimism exploded into a movement that galvanized their spirit. From the ruble, they rebuilt, adapted, and reimagined what prosperity might look like in the next era. When that time finally arrived, people had a firm stand and they strived for modernity. Although it was embraced, a different power struggle was planted, the kind that was more controlling and invisible in structure. It would grow to be celebrated, praised, and replicated for years to come.
For most, the hard stricken reality of harsh conflict is but a thing of the past.
Yet we encounter a familiar sight where land, people, identity, culture, and tradition are not forcefully seized but manipulated. Through the cloak of prosperity we have been bribed, blind-sided, and oblivious to how much has been robbed. The fear to fight is dilapidating because the battle is no longer with an external enemy, but with oneself. That is not to say, it is impossible to overcome, for we are not always helpless. During the period of growth, many watered their roots with knowledge, and are patient in finding their purpose. Eventually, their presence anchors the soil around them allowing others to grow.