Roopaantar – metamorphosis: a story for our time

This past weekend Robin and I immersed ourselves in a documentary film festival. Most of the films were sobering. I left Green so distressed I had to call it quits for the day. [And I’d still recommend everyone watch the film, which can be viewed online.] Two gave me belly laughs (The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls and Laughology).

As we were watching films about corporate greed, environmental degradation, and white-collar crime, a 9.0 earthquake was shaking the earth and changing the lives of tens of thousands of people in Japan. The fourth Fukushima nuclear reactor is spewing radiation as I type.

So this visual metaphor from a talented designer is timely and deserves a wide audience.

Based loosely on Rafe Martin‘s adaptation of a Japanese folktale, Roopaantar tells the story of a young man who enters a forest and falls in love with a mysterious young woman.

She goes with him to the city, but the destruction of the forest spells death to the tree spirit she is. The young man’s tears bring the tree back to life. In death he rejoins his love.

Pandey ends her short film with a quote from William Blake:

A tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.

Share this one with your friends, and send thanks to Radha Pandey.

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