Elysia Marginata is a marine slug that decapitates itself if its body gets sick. In just a few weeks, the lonely head is able to regenerate a new body for itself, leaving behind the old one.
Comparing problematic social elements to disease and evoking the accompanying yearning for their excision is a time-honored political tradition. From Trump’s calls to “drain the swamp” that is Washington D.C. to Greta Thunberg’s announcement that “our house is on fire” until corporations cease their destructive environmental practices.
Experimental filmmakers Allyson Packer and Jesse Fisher imagine a different sort of approach to affecting social change, one characterized by inaction. Unlike other proactive agendas, this one is more comparable to that of a strike–the opting out from doing something, not getting that cup of Starbucks or buying from that store, not going to school or work.
This is The Sleep-In Movement, an attempt to create large-scale regeneration for our society. Members advocate for a future where people elect to put themselves in self-induced comas, abandoning all desire to understand the world or take part in it. What they don’t know is that it might be contagious.
Join two concerned parents as they delve into this strange, infectious new political strategy their teenage daughter has become the mascot of.