Exodus 2.0

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Twelve characters wake up in a desolate, post-apocalyptic space to discover that they're all blind. They remember being offered the opportunity to form a new community, and that they were brought to this place before being struck down by a bright light. Then they discover that this is all they remember. Their memories have been wiped clean, so they know nothing about the people with them... and nothing about themselves. In the days that follow, the blind and disorientated people begin to form a new society. But soon conflicts and prejudices begin to surface - not unlike those that plague the world we're living in today. It seems this new society will also be a place of prejudice, hatred and intolerance. Except that two people begin to form a connection, despite the histories and memories of which they are completely unaware. Very soon they fall in love, proving that such a connection is possible even when human nature tends towards prejudice. Ultimately when the sight of the twelve is restored, a message waits for them on the wall...

Biblical connection

My inspiration for this story is the Book of Acts (9:1-17), in which Paul is struck by a bright light and blinded for three days until the scales fall from his eyes. I chose this passage because of its powerful message about rebirth, and the ability to begin to "see" the world in a new way. At the time of my research for this story, I had a dream in which everyone in the world was struck with amnesia. All our memories were lost, and with them our centuries of prejudice, intolerance and conflict. Completely without history or context, it became possible for human society to begin again. But as I considered this dream, I had a sense that human nature could once again turn towards its impulse towards intolerance and prejudice, so even a new society could see history repeating itself. While this made sense to me (and reflects the belief of thinkers such as Sigmund Freud), I did not want to tell an entirely hopeless story. And so, even though the new society in my story tends towards conflict and prejudice, my two principal characters demonstrate the possibility for love.

Cast

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  • Writer/Director: David Stein