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My friend Robin McKenna who produced the 'Jungle Prescription' in 2011, a pioneer doc on Ayahuasca, directed a beautiful, poetic doc inspired by Lewis Hyde’s book 'The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World'. I selected it for the Regeneration category of Mangu.TV because the “gift economy” is an important experiment as an alternative to capitalism. Yes, utopic, nonetheless important. Similarly, we explored the alternative currency 'furiakipur' in Japan in the '2012: Time for Change' doc.

GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, and the beauty and challenges of fearlessly giving and receiving.

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World, GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts, and the beauty and challenges of fearlessly giving and receiving.

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