Spring is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate the unfolding of nature than to watch films that explore our relationship with it. Life, death, love, loss, and healing are the name of the game for this list; with films from all around the world, we continuously have our eyes opened to all the ways the human family uses the fantastical to explore healing. Enjoy!
Set in Ireland at the height of the middle ages, this animated film explores the colonization of the isle, myth, magic, and the lives of beings living parallel to our world.
Atlantics made history when it premiered at Cannes as the first film in competition directed by a Black woman. The film is a meditation on class, marriage, exploitation, and the power of spirits.
Spirited Away (2001)
Widely regarded as Studio Ghibli’s best film, Spirited Away is about a young girl who finds herself in the spirit realm and must save not only herself, but her parents and new friends before she can return home.