What is it about?

This short film follows the eye-opening experience of a business traveler struggling to earn the required "Pass of Ethics and Intelligence”- which verifies racial and political opinions, hygiene habits, ecological habits, and more. Throughout the program, quarantined in a special wing of the airport, they are inundated with the issues in Chicago and their global connections.

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Why is it important?

Based in Native American ideologies and wisdom of those who continue to protect North American lands despite colonization, this experimental cinematic short challenges colonialism and capitalistic consumerism with new rules for Passport Control, using Chicago O’Hare International Airport as a prototype.


I aim to use film as a platform to perpetuate Indigenous wisdom and to urge individual viewers to embrace more communal and environmentally-minded practices. Through sharing indigenous teachings regarding waste, over- consumption, and abuse of the Earth’s resources, the Westernized, capitalistic mindset could shift to accelerate environmental activism, and bring together communities in re-relearning the accessible ways to significantly improve consumerist issues.

Hallie Morrison
Rhode Island School of Design

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This page is a summary of: Essential Voyage, June 2021, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery),
DOI: 10.1145/3450741.3464781.
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