Issue 40

The ‘dreams don’t always come true’ edition

A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.

Your dreams don’t have to come true

Pixar’s upcoming film Soul tells the story of Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz music. Just when he finally gets a gig playing the type of music he loves, he steps into an open sewer grate – one which seemingly transports him to a fantastical place where he’s is forced to think again about what it truly means to have soul”.

But he’s not going through it alone: in that unfamiliar world, Joe meets 22, a soul who doesn’t think life on Earth is all it’s cracked up to be. The film takes a charmingly subversive approach of telling the audience that not everyone has to be happy all the time and people don’t always achieve their dreams.

The History of Misogyny

Hippocratic Betrayal, On Abortion (2016). Courtesy the artist and Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire

Hippocratic Betrayal, On Abortion (2016). Courtesy the artist and Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire

Laia Abril has won the prestigious Foam Paul Huf Award 2020, awarded annually by the Amsterdam gallery to photographers under the age of 35, for her series The History of Misogyny. From the long-term project, Abril submitted two sections: Chapter one: On Abortion and Chapter two: Rape. The monochrome still life photos document items relating to each theme, often captured like crime scene photos, accompanied by the painful personal stories and facts behind them.

“How can you sleep at night when you don’t even fight for your rights?”

Released to coincide with his album of the same name, Riz Ahmed has created a haunting 12-minute short called The Long Goodbye. The concept of the album of the same name is that Great Britain is a girlfriend who threw him out.

The film paints an unsettling and unfortunately believable picture of a dystopian future, where a British South Asian family are violently rounded-up by a gun-toting gang, Ahmed describes the short as a piece about “being broken up with by the country they live in”.

Crawling back through the void

Underneath the heavy blanket there is a train stopping in all the same places and it is passing between all the known and unknown evils of today and yesterday. Who is to say what evil really is; what makes a train stop in one place over and over again?

What you see in the world around you is a reflection of who you are


Katharine Hepburn on set of The Lion in Winter, 1967