In the past five years we’ve occupied Wall Street and killed Osama bin Laden. Greece declared bankruptcy and Pope Francis was elected. Edward Snowden leaked classified CIA data and Facebook turned ten. Steve Jobs died and riots waged in Ferguson. It’s all a collection of data at this point, with little to no correlation to be found in between these events beyond the fact that they are, in one way or another, benchmarks in history. One event did not spur the other, but rather, what we witness is a portrait of collective experiences found across the globe.
How does it relate to cinema, if at all?
If you, like me, ascribe to the notion that cinema is reflective of the cultural atmosphere, one can look at the forthcoming list as reflective of the turbulence that has dictated and defined the era we live in. An era filled with fear, angst, anxiety, and a call for structural change of a global level; or, concerns of basically every generation. But the best films of the past five years have not merely addressed our apprehensions of the present, but rather looked to a better tomorrow.