Natural disasters result from a forceful event catching a community unprepared. Through this lens, no matter the force, disasters don’t happen to those who are prepared. If hurricanes and floods are foreseeable, and if we can learn from past events, why do some disasters continue to wreak havoc on the world? Forward is a mini-documentary looking at a new perspective on reducing community risks to nature’s forcings. After an event, governments and institutions jump on their own plans, yet in the ideation frequently leave out the voices of the survivors. Forward follows anthropologist, Fernando Briones, to Puerto Rico, one year following deadly hurricane Maria. He seeks testimony from the survivors – what happened, how did they improvise to persist, and what actions we should take to be better prepared for the next big event? The vision of the work is to broaden conversations around human resilience – it’s a precious state of humans engaging challenge with resources, belief and creativity.
Directed by Ryan Vachon (USA)