Wanderers – An Optimistic Window to the Future


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.

5 thoughts on “Wanderers – An Optimistic Window to the Future

  1. This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long, long while. I show this in class to my students for inspiration. The Melville quote about sailing “forbidden seas” is absolutely fantastic.


  2. What a beautiful and hopeful view of the future! The English teacher in me (you know, the person who always overanalyzes everything) wants to point out that the reason science fiction shows a dark future (usually) is because only in a time not the present can we discuss current issues without offending anyone… But still, this was very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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