In Safe Places

Nora Hutchinson

2006, 40:34 minutes, colour/B&W, English


In Safe Places - is a video of a musical theatre performance opera. It is about a day in the life of Rosetta, a student of herbology, Rosetta works primarily in the field gathering plant specimens for research. The story is about Rosetta's love for her work in alternative healing techniques. This is also a story about Rosetta's ongoing struggle with anxiety attacks and depression.

As in tradition in "operatic" formula Rosetta is guided by her own personal DIVA, who functions as an advisor to Rosetta. Rosetta's dilemmas include a visit from a doctor who offers her traditional medications normally prescribed for depression and anxiety. A second antagonist is personified as an "evil" gardener who offers to rid Rosetta's cherished meadow of slugs, bugs, and weeds.

A storm approaches. A fight ensues. Rosetta, with the help of her DIVA battles the doctor and the gardener.

A redemptive finale is sung. All is forgiven, resolved and blessed.

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