destinations & destiny

Going, going, gone. How many stories can be told in those words? In the chronicles of departure the spectrum of experience is vast and varied. Successful escapes, panicked flight. Underground networks, paid passage, dangerous crossings. Cultural adaptation & generational differences. Dreams of a better life or for life itself.

Some of these themes have made it in into the American consciousness; the experience of the Jews in WWII Europe, for example and the current focus on immigrants and asylum seekers. It's interesting to see the country grappling with this issue in real time - without the remove of history and in the absence of dramatic context and beautiful cinematography.