Franciska Eliassen about the film
When I was 13 years old I experienced that a family member became mentally ill. Twelve years later, with studies in environmentalism and philosophy behind me, I see the individual's mental health as part of a larger debate about the way we organise ourselves as a society. I belong to a generation that has grown up in the wake of climate crisis, corona, terrorist threats and financial crisis, in a world increasingly filtered through a screen. Loneliness, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are unfortunately the normal rather than the exception. The desire for change is huge. For what kind of future are we and the sisters in the film facing if we continue on the same path as now? We predict a future, possibly a lack of such, characterised by natural disasters, wars and refugee flows that result from lack of resources, drought, extreme weather, air pollution, epidemics and an ever-growing waste problem. One becomes depressed by less, desperate by less. The big sister in Sister, What Grows Where Land is Sick feels the despair. The character becomes a messenger from our generation and all of us who believe we can create a more beautiful world together. The hope is that Sister, what Grows Where Land is Sick? can contribute to the discussion of changing our lifestyle, about the value of investing in community, care, nature and culture.