As the virus controls the world, schoolchildren start collecting letters to be encapsulated in a wooden chest built by the students, to be opened in more than 50 years. The documentary is a time capsule in itself: the main characters write their letters, addressing their loved ones or someone unknown they imagined in the future. A virus scientist, a climate activist, a political researcher and anti-vaccine demonstrators all see the future challenges of our societies in different lights.
This uniquely told, touching documentary is like a hopeful whisper that encourages the viewer to take action. It offers a glimpse into the days, when the hustle of society settled down and all that remained were the personal, simple parts of life, and worry for the future.
The stories unfold in the contradictions of many overlapping truths. When restlessness, fear, and conspiracies intrude into warm homes, it makes everyone search for their future path, somewhere between fear and hope. 10 Letters to The Future raises questions about responsibility and generational divides. It is a mysterious time capsule that leaves messages for future generations.
Heta Heikkala (translated by Vilma-Lotta Mustonen)
The film’s directors, the Poikkeustila collective are present in the screening on Wed, Feb 1.