December 22, 2019
Being tired in this despairingly depressing place, I sat opposite a large screen showing a marketing film on repeat. Children, in the most intrusive way, circled and called out to me, but I ignored them and they eventually quietened and we ended up watching the film together. At first, they watched silently, but with each repeat, as they saw, again and again, their lives, and the lives of their fellow residents, portrayed in glowing technicolour as peaceful and harmonious, they couldn’t restrain themselves. What was dirty, ragged and threatening in reality, was portrayed as patched and cared-for, charming and gracious.