Switch off and re­con­nect with fam­ily

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

VIC­TO­RIA Park res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to dis­con­nect from their TV and phones to re­con­nect with their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

A free screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary All The Time in The World will be shown at Con­nect Vic Park on July 6 from 3pm.

The doc­u­men­tary fol­lows a Canadian fam­ily who leave their nor­mal lives and spend nine months in the Yukon wilder­ness with no road ac­cess, no elec­tric­ity, no run­ning wa­ter, no in­ter­net, TV, phone and, most im­por­tantly, no watches and clocks.

Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent and Vic Park Col­lec­tive mem­ber Flavia Par­dini said af­ter watch­ing the doc­u­men­tary at the Revolution Perth In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val last year, she thought it was a good idea to bring it to Vic­to­ria Park.

“As older res­i­dents use Con­nect Vic Park, I thought it could be an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional view­ing be­cause it is the school hol­i­days and we are en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to come along,” she said.

“We are be­com­ing slaves to the clock and tech­nol­ogy is ex­ac­er­bat­ing this; we feel like we don’t have enough time.”

Mrs Par­dini said the movie demon­strated that if peo­ple let go of tech­nol­ogy, then they could strengthen their con­nec­tions with fam­ily and com­mu­nity.

“So­cial me­dia is all about con­nect­ing, but if we meet face to face in a park or do ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether then we can have me­morable re­la­tion­ships,” she said.

“As the movie says, it’s about dis­con­nect­ing to re­con­nect with the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The Canadian fam­ily in the doc­u­men­tary dis­con­nected from modern life and re­con­nected with each other.

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