A Matter of Faith in The Seer and the Unseen

13 Feb

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Screened at the Victoria Film Festival 2020
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Belief in elves, or even leprechauns, all depends on where  you’re raised. In some countries, they simply exist and you don’t want to piss them off. The Seer and the Unseen looks deep into Icelandic tradition to understand our relationship with these hidden folk, the land and modernization. The Huldufólk lives with us; just because not everyone can commune with them doesn’t mean disrespecting them.

The plot is simple. A road is needed and it cuts through a swath of ancient lava rock in the outskirts of Reykjavik. Four different protest groups gathered to say we cannot destroy it since it represents more than our past. It’s a life vein of Gaia, and elves live here. In greater context, belief in spirits is not restricted to one culture. This film is excellent in how just a bit of dialogue connects with other cultures. The belief of elves in Iceland is no different than those who follow the ways of Shinto or even those of First Nations–where spirits reside within Nature everywhere.

Enter Ragnhildur “Ragga” Jónsdóttir, an elderly woman with the gift of second sight. We learn how her parents encouraged her to be what she is, and use her gifts appropriately. She helps others understand how to exist harmoniously with nature, and realize there is a third race amongst us. My theory is that they exist in a different quantum state and only a select few have the ability to see into this realm.

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If the word ‘Seer’ seems unusual because the dictionary defines it as a person who can see into the future, then the term medium or shaman makes more sense. the life she leads is nothing special. She’s a terrific grandmother and hardly a radical. In what she feels and hears with her third eye, others are simply oblivious until we get proof positive that another realm exists. Sometimes, it’s as simple as being a spiritual person than a rationalist.

These themes documentarian Sara Dosa looks at goes beyond showing how to fight the establishment. Her narrative is more about how Iceland’s economic future should not be hindered by its long standing traditions. Integrating into a global community helps drive success, and it does not have to mean stepping on little toes to get there. Man and Nature can get along.

5 Stars out of 5

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