Hennigan, Sarah Kelly
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Light tells the story of a young woman living in a post-apocalyptic world, where everyday may be her last. Estranged by the people around her, she still seeks to help humanity survive. Along the way, she encounters a powerful being who appears to be doing harm to humanity, but has a spiritual connection to her. She faces an impossible choice of taking sides against her species or the being that might very well exist to heal the Earth from the harms caused by humanity. A re-imagining of a Cherokee oral history about another time humanity faced darkness, my MFA Thesis Film tackles the liminal space between modernity and tradition, Western and Native storytelling practices, and moral ambiguity. The following report outlines the project’s creation from development through post-production, and its effects on my growth as a filmmaker.