New Story Summiteer, Marie Goodwin, interviews Robin McKenna on her film Gift….
“I recently met Robin McKenna, the director of GIFT, a film about different facets of the gift economy through the lens of Lewis Hyde’s book The Gift. I was struck by how dedicated McKenna is to this project and by the interesting gift-based initiatives from all over the world that she features in her film.
“Gifting as a concept can seem so abstract. I get a lot of people commenting to me that gift economics sounds great in theory, but what are some examples of it working? People want to know how they can practically put gift culture into practice in their lives, because all around them they only see examples of a taking culture.
“Gifting feels like a utopia, rather than something we can enact in our everyday lives. This film, by providing real, concrete examples of the creative use of this paradigm-shifting idea, illuminates the power of gifting and encourages more creative work in this area.
“I sat down with McKenna to discuss the movie and her vision in more detail. Here are the highlights of our conversation.”
Read the interview and watch the film trailer….
Photographer: Filiz Telek