Dear Future Children review – intimate portrait of young activists on the frontline

ith a title seemingly aiming this film at younger generations, this dynamic documentary from 22-year-old Franz Böhm is in fact a must-watch for people of all ages. Cop26 has shown how the media landscape is driving a wedge between age groups, with young activists’ work met with misconceptions and ridicule. But this film, as it chronicles the struggle for justice and equality across 홍콩, Chile and Uganda, is an intimate and empathetic portrait of young people who are simply fighting for a brighter future.

What arises from these vignettes of radical activism and protest is a sense of deep attachment to one’s home, the kind of unconditional love that galvanises spirits into physical and ideological battles. After the raising of metro fares in Santiago in Chile, a move that would directly affect low-income families, Rayen became one of more than a million people who protested and called for President Piñera’s resignation. Their demands, 하나, were met with police brutality; 거의 400 protesters were blinded as a result of seemingly deliberate targeting. Such dangers are eerily similar to those endured by young Hong Kong dissident Pepper, who was on the frontline during the demonstrations against controversial extradition laws.

In both locations, the camera, like its subjects, takes to the streets, capturing the fervour and the peril of the protests at a close range. 게다가, as the narration consists entirely of the activists’ own voices, the film acquires an urgent immediacy, as the young women are enabled to tell their own stories. Not all the stories are so effective: in contrast to Rayen’s and Pepper’s militant struggle, Hilda’s fight for climate change awareness in Uganda feels at times haphazardly edited and out of rhythm with the rest of the film. 아직도, this remains an impressive debut from such a young director, who is clearly marching in step with his progressive peers.

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