Belonging is a powerful word. Maybe one of the most powerful words there is. It taps into something very deep within us - the yearning to be part of something larger than ourselves, to be accepted and loved by others with all of our gifts and limitations. Jean Vanier says that belonging does for human beings what soil does for plants: it nurtures us, and enables us to grow and to blossom.


The desire to belong is universal. Yet despite what we know about the importance of belonging, too many people experience its opposite: loneliness and isolation. For these individuals, "belonging" remains a tragically elusive goal. Isolation is pervasive among other groups as well: the elderly, immigrants and refugees, many young people...and just about anyone who is perceived as "different".


Enduring the landscape

For many people their birth into a particular family and culture is so intrinsic to their identity that the idea of choosing another life in a radically different world is never even contemplated. For others, there can be the awareness that although life is very difficult, the landscape they inherit becomes their destiny. In Perkin's film, accepting the life the landscape offers you can give certainty and security to your identity.



The landscape calls up a powerful response from those who inhabit it. The landscape is elemental – it damages and consumes the people and physical toughness is needed to survive.