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We the Others
Maja Ray Borg

We The Others is a short cinematic poem about the value of physical diversity. From ancient philosophy, through religion, Eugenics and humanism to modern projections of a high tech future, there seems to be a question that we need to debate over and over; what is human value? And how can we cultivate this value in order to evolve to a better, perhaps even perfect race? With increasingly sophisticated technology, our ‘power to choose’ increases, alongside the ethical dilemmas these choices bring.

Present day screenings for genetic conditions, such as Down’s syndrome, might just be the beginning of choices that we are encouraged to make in the future. But do we have a holistic enough understanding of the consequences of these decisions? What do we lose as a society if individuals with different perspectives on the world are lost in the process? And how do we avoid repeating past mistakes, made in the name of science, health and progress?

The film is set in 2030 at the fringes of a civilization built on a hundred year old projection of the future. Here the outcasts, whose existence is being predetermined, live. They all have in common the similar physical characteristics of Down’s syndrome, but in this world, they are the embodiment of everyone who does not live up to the norm and are therefore not at the top of the genetic shopping list for the future. Feared by all as the ‘others’, ‘they’ are in fact most of us.

Keywords Experimental, Body, Power
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format 8mm
Duration 00:08:08
Language English
Color Color
Year 2016
In text Maja Borg
Latest screening Mar 19, 2017
May 8, 2016
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About the artist

Maja Ray Borg

Born 1982 in Norrköping, Sweden. Works internationally and is based both in Sweden and the UK. Visual Artist and Film Director, additionally working as Director of Photography, Dramaturg and Creative Editor.

”The work of Maja Borg exists at the intersection of documentary, fiction and experimental film fusing the languages of these genres into a compelling, visually rich and politically astute body of work. Borg’s films are as likely to be seen in film festivals or television as they are in the visual arts context. The artist uniquely succeeds in defying genre expectations and their language seamlessly combines elements of animation, experimental camera and sound techniques with tools of documentary filmmaking. Their films have tackled subjects ranging from investigations of myths and traditions, borders of desire and violence and, most recently, urgent contemporary issues such as the crisis of capitalism and the global environmental and economic downturn, investigating what options one has in such a dystopian landscape.”

/Lina Dzuverovic, co-founder and Director of Electra – contemporary art agency, London