The fourth film in the the NAGB Summer Series, Beasts of the Southern Wild, by famed US director Benh Zeitlin, deals with the devastation post-Hurricane Katrina and the American South. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a film that explores fantasy and myth, magical realism, family, and childhood. This breakthrough and pioneering film brought to the big screen the iconic 'Hushpuppy' on a quest to find her mother. Through the narrative development, and storyline its momentum creates an ecosystem of fluid motion at once exploring lore, mythologies, life, love and the hereafter.
“When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me, flying around in invisible pieces. When I look too hard, it goes away. And when it all goes quiet, I see they’re right here. I see that I’m a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future? They’re gonna find it all. They’re gonna know: Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub.” - Hushpuppy
The exhibition scheduled to be showcased over the summer in the temporary galleries, “A Sustainable Future for Exuma” held in collaboration with Harvard University Graduate School of Design, The Government of the Bahamas and The Bahamas National Trust (BNT)), deals with sustainability and the environment.
Together we chose Beasts of a Southern Wild, (Benh Zeitlin, 2012), a film that divides people. Some find the film condescending to the poor, black segment of the American South and their struggles to hold on to their identity. In truth, it is a magical film, one that shows the strength of children, their imagination, and how important family is, regardless of what shape or size that family comes in.