Emma Thompson and Gael García Bernal: How Hopeful Stories Are an Act of Resistance Now — Editorial

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Emma Thompson and Gael García Bernal: How Hopeful Stories Are an Act of Resistance Now — Editorial
The following is an editorial written by actors Emma Thompson and Gael García Bernal.

Don’t get us wrong: we believe in the cautionary power of dystopian stories. As actors, we have both brought to life worlds ravaged by uncontrollable disease, lethal weather, and mad kings. This form of art has a long and rich tradition: it acts as a warning of what is to come if society does not change course. But in times like ours, we’ve been feeling the urge to experiment in something a little more challenging: utopian art. After all, you don’t need much imagination for dystopia these days.

Right now, things are bleak, and likely to get bleaker. The first debate of the U.S. presidential election felt like it was scripted to induce existential nausea — which fits with the historical moment we’re in. We’ve seen raging fires and storms collide
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