2017 has been a very divisive year all around the globe, and the only way to change that is through empathy. To spark a conversation and inspire people to reflect on it, Tribeca Film Festival wanted to invite people to see themselves in others — reminding us the importance of sharing other people’s feelings, and reinforcing the fact that great stories allow us to do just that.
The film “See Yourself in Others,” directed by Jared Knecht, features people from different religious, cultural and class backgrounds, wearing a five-sided mirrored cube on their heads, venturing into places where they are typically viewed as “the others.” Onlookers who encountered them were confronted with their own reflection on the body of that “other,” forcing them to literally see themselves in others.
The prints, shot by Toby Coulson, were meant to represent the same experiment, but in a more graphic way. Each different execution illustrates some of the most controversial discussions nowadays, such as the refugee crisis, racism, homophobia and religious intolerance.
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