A blind man running through the hot desert of Death Valley; a photographer capturing images of the oldest living organisms on Earth; a journalist walking across the world in the footsteps of the earliest human migrations; and scientists building machines that scrutinise the universe, in search for its beginnings The link between them is not evident at first. But waived together, their stories are complementary, each adding to a bigger picture that reveals something about the fabric of existence.
That is where the power of Steve Elkins’ new film is: it captures something about the essence of reality, that is more existential insight than something anyone can prove or quantify. More than the sum of its parts, Echoes of the Invisible is made of a mosaic of elements – interviews with the main characters, spectacular cinematic shots, and links to Eastern spirituality – that work together to create a revelation about how paying attention, stepping outside the noise of contemporary life and finding courage are the tools that can open our eyes to the overwhelming magic of existence, in which everything is one, interconnected.
Watching the film is a journey, one that brings about a sense of awe. Through the inspiring pursuits of each character featured, a new sense is awakened – that magic is at hand and could be found just anywhere.
Going beyond the limitations of his body, Al Arnold runs through the Death Valley all the way to Mt. Whitney, although . . .
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