Restore

Restore
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Director / Editor: Maja ZonjicDirector of Photography / Co-editor: Dominik EngelMusic and Sound desgn by: Emilio GuimUnderwater footage courtesy of: Alec ListerLead actor: Jonathan GroenewegSpecial thanks to: Fergus LowreyThe short film Restore explores the life of a commuting, urban public through the eyes of the lead character. As a major intersection and event space in Toronto, the Dundas Square is traversed by thousands of people daily. Copious multi-billion dollar companies pay thousands of dollars to aggressively push their products in urban centres — such as the Dundas Square — further perpetuating the hegemonic consumerist model, and exacerbating society's reliance on brands as a means of socioeconomic stratification. The ensuing commodification of natural resources and undervaluing of agricultural land to facilitate the related development places increasing pressures on many fragile ecosystems; many of which we depend upon for our survival. Restore is a call to action to reclaim our environment, and in doing so, to reestablish our true values.