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Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is a short film directed by Salomé Lamas produced for Interdependence, an anthology of short films raising awareness on the effects of climate change with the conception and production of Adelina von Fürstenberg and with the patronage of the United Nations, produced by ART for the world (Geneva) and with the executive production of Art+Vibes (Milan).

Commission: An initiative of Art for The World, an NGO associated with the UNDPI (UN's
Department of Public Information)

Production: Art for the world
In coproduction with: Lamaland
Executive production: Hi production, Art+Vibes

Additional support: Atelier – Museu Julio Pomar, Screen Miguel Nabinho, Fundação Oriente, Yaddo

Support: ART for The World, Ngo associated with the UNDPI (Department of Public Information) and an Association of Public Utility of the Canton of Geneva, has initiated and willing to produce with the patronage of the United Nations in Geneva, of the World Meteorological Organization, and as main support the Direction of Development and Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and the Fashion Ethic Intiative/EU among others, the film Interdependence hereby motioned as Film, an anthology of eleven short movies to raise awareness on Environment and Climate inspired by the concept of interdependence between the four elements and out Planet as well by UN Agenda 30 for Sustainable Development (SDG).

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Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive redesign of the planet and a dystopic pamphlet on Anthropocene.

Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa portrays a brief moment of euphoria as the occupants on the raft spot a glimpsic illusion for their drift, hoping and praying to be rescued. We can almost hear the hoarse cries in an attempt to draw attention to their desperate plight, mustering their last ounce of strength to the void. This is their last chance of survival.

Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa refers to the colonial paradigm, worldview, and technologies that mark out regions of high biodiversity in order to reduce life to capitalist resource conversion with an enormous environmental and social impact.

The film is an allegory for the state of emergency in environmental policy.

By calling the project Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa we refer not only to one of the most influential and cited works of art, but also to extractive capitalism, that like any system of domination, is not totalizing in its destructive effects.
The term Anthropocene, which has been used by Western geologists and climatologists to term the period of human intervention from 1610 forward, now popularly identifies the crisis of future life on the planet.

Scientists and scholars in the last ten years have written their visions of a planet in crisis, a spate of literature that addresses a “no future” paradigm and how life on the planet will soon be destroyed.

The captivating visuals are a free adaptation of The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault, one of the first works to feature a subtle social and governmental criticism.

In 1819 the Raft of the Medusa’s depiction of migrants abandoned at sea, as a consequence for the sinking of a colonial Western ship in the coast of Africa, outraged the world. Today, most of us ignore those dying to cross borders, the genocidal tragedy of our time.
Géricault makes us feel the loss of each of the dead and the pain of each of the living. This painting is an act of empathy for our fellow human beings. But where is such empathy today? The work is a masterpiece of pity that puts the Global North to shame.

The narrative and composition will be modified to match our allegoric intentions. The raft is standing on sand denouncing desertification as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture.
Above it we find vegetation and taxidermied animals denouncing the extinction crisis as a consequence to human activity, habitat destruction as farming land expand and forests are cut-down is the main cause of modern extinctions, along with pollution, the introduction of alien species, over fishing or hunting, increasingly, however, climate change is thought to be driving extinctions.
The migrant bodies reflect the contemporary social crisis as they stand for the migrants fleeing from either conflict regions troubled by resource extraction, natural catastrophes, livelihood systems compromised by climate change impacts.

The rigorous choreography and the symbolically composed mise-en-scène asks profound questions about the nature of survival, barbarism, and the miracle of human resilience in the face of the awesome and unforgiving power of nature, as well as the inner-struggle for meaning and purpose that we all face.

The sound design will guide the audience trough our ideas and urgencies. It opens with the myth of the creation of the first man and the end of the mankind and the world along with it as told by the Xingu tribes in Brazil.
The core is a dialogue between a human and a robot inspired by the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (SDG) and commenting on Anthropocene, and its connection with: extractive-colonial capitalism processes that historically subordinated African and Indigenous populations, ecocides and climate change.
Thread with a patchwork of testimonies, music, soundscapes and archive sources from different regions of the world, it ends with the mourning and the chants of the Kuraup. The Kuarup is the principal funeral ritual of the Indians of the Xingu. It is a gathering of all neighboring tribes to celebrate life, death, and rebirth.

Inscribed in Interdependence and in direct dialogue with the other films in the anthology Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is a disturbing sensorial testament to the power of human depravity that pretends to raise awareness on the effects of climate change. The film is inclusive and intents to reach a wide audience leaving them with sacred hope.

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