Through the looking glass

I was raised in a household where travelling is valued above most other pleasures in life. I still believe to this day that embarking on a journey away from home is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do: there will always be something to learn, something to gawk at, and something to understand. Luckily for me, my parents showed me a magic trick when I was a toddler: All I had to do to begin my voyage to a destination far away was to sit somewhere and open a book.

A passion for books quickly transformed into a passion for stories and then into a love for films. Sitting in a cinema with the lights out, my eyes looking up, I find myself devoted to the images on the screen. Audiovisual storytelling is something to wonder at. So in my life, if there’s one part of media that I love, that’s film.

Films are powerful, astonishing devices. They’re a pact between filmmakers and audiences: “give me your complete attention, and in return, I will show you the boundaries of what can be imagined”. To be a film enthusiast is to walk in Alice’s shoes. To the willing mind, cinema is a gateway to other worlds and realities, from Middle Earth to a galaxy far far away and everything in between. To the willing heart, it is a mirror in which we see other versions of ourselves and the people around us, a way to live our most impossible fantasies. 

What’s not to love?

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Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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