Using only archive footage, “Paradigma” uncovers that the problems we’re facing today are anything but new. The many consequences of climate change, the erosion of trust in democracy and the proliferation of fake news have been around for decades. “Paradigma” is a cinematic essay that delves into our collective failure to address these challenges at their core, revealing Western societies to be stuck in a loop.

Human civilizations are held together by the stories they share. However, these stories possess the potential to transform into entrenched habits and traditions that, over generations, become seemingly indisputable. These paradigms, which influence our daily actions almost unnoticed, can only be rewritten if we consciously recognize them for what they truly are. And so the true question becomes: do we make our stories or do we let those stories make us?

Jozef Devillé, Pablo Eekman