What’s the last science fiction film you’ve seen? The last science fiction book you’ve read? Did it record events in a dangerous and terrifying future? Alien invasion? Dystopian futures where only the brave and radical can survive? Perhaps a future where the earth dies and humanity is forced to find life or help elsewhere? Robotic uprising? A space opera in which a band of rebels must stop impending doom? What do these themes, found in nearly all corners of the genre, have in common? They present a pessimistic glimpse into a future that, while enjoyable to experience from the comfort of your seat, offers us little hope for the future.
The following short film by director Erik Wernquist gives us one of the most optimistic portals into the future I’ve ever seen. Wanderers is a simple, but masterful piece of film, that suggests only one thing: hope.