L E   F I F A
L E   F I F A
GIFT
Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character-driven stories. On North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast, a young indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch – to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrants is transformed into a living museum, protected by a barricade of art: a model of resistance and an invaluable gift. In the pirate utopia” of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-­apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Mingwei Lee prepares to launch Sonic Blossom – a transformative gift” of song.

GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts”, and a celebration of the imagination.
Director Robin Mckenna
Script Robin Mckenna
Production Ina Fichman, Robin Mckenna
Editing Mahi Rahgozar
Cinematographer Nicolas Canniccioni, Mark O'Fearghail
Music Serge Nakauchi Pelletier

Production

Robin Mckenna

Robin Mckenna