We spoke with accomplished film maker Ricky Bugeja whose latest reflective production is Both a handprint in time and an ode to his late uncle, whom he tragically lost DUE to Covid 19.
Ricky is certainly using this given time productively. With much of his work as a photographer and videographer on hold, he is currently busy clearing backlogs, reorganizing workflow, refining his skills and embarking on a passion project two. He is an enlightened and optimistic soul and this is evident when asked how the lockdown has affected him.
‘Honestly speaking, we’ve not been given much of a hard task, have we? Our forefathers fought wars, suffered from famine and desperate poverty. We’ve been told to stay home and watch TV. It does get a little tough knowing your freedom has been constrained, but it’s all for a good cause so I’m more than willing to cooperate.’ He continues to speak personally about how he sadly lost his uncle to this virus that has stolen so many lives; ‘It’s so easy to adopt the “U ija, mux xorta!” mentality that we’re famous for in these islands, but we shouldn’t. I lost my uncle Richard to COVID-19. When it hits that close to home, you realise that we shouldn’t be taking things lightly.’
What we love about Ricky is that he is motivated by positivity. He, like us, hopes this period will bring about profound change in the way we live our lives, the way we treat each other and the world around us.
His latest short, lovingly dedicated to his uncle Richard, follows Gozitan artist Mario Abela, – renowned for his eclectic storytelling and exploration, around an empty, silent but stunning Gozo on his motorbike. As he journeys through the noiseless streets and takes in the serene Gozo countryside, he tries to express his understanding of the current Corona pandemic, attempting to navigate the fine lines between what is, and what once was. He reflects deeply on the unsustainable way we have all been living and what is truly important.
This beautifully shot piece, breeds gratefulness as we see first hand just how breathtaking Gozo is from above, plus highlights the necessary death and rebirth cycle of this thing we call life. It consciously reminds us all that we have a choice. A choice to live, consume, act in a worthier way and to serve humanity and our planet as one. The film adapts words from the recent viral poem ‘Lockdown’ by Brother Richard Hendrick……
Though we are all going through a tough time, there is something to be said about looking at the positive and appreciating what and who we have around us. He urges us to not to take the small things for granted, and not to worry about things you cannot control.
There’s never a dull moment in Rickys’ life. When he’s not working he has his motorbike obsession, love of music, recently developed love for farming and a very active loud parrot to keep him busy. We can’t wait to see what he turns his lense to next.