Art has always been a unifying power, especially in uncertain times. This sentiment is brilliantly captured in Igor Drljaca’s wonderful short film The Archivists. Set in a dystopian future, the film is sparse on details, but overflowing with emotion. All that one knows at the beginning of the film is that society has collapsed and art from the past is considered a decadence that has been deemed illegal. When three wandering musicians (Schitt’s Creek’s Noah Reid, Bahia Watson and Maxwell McCabe-Lokos) come across and abandoned house full of degraded vinyl albums, they cannot help but ponder what the songs of the past might have sounded like.
By having the musicians attempt to reimagine one of the songs, Drljaca brings a sense of life to a desolate space. Skillfully juxtaposing the band’s passionate jam session with images of the dilapidated house, The Archivists paints a vibrant portrait of a life once lived. Drljaca finds beauty in the way art can bring moments of joy to even the bleakest situations. He effectively conveys the vital role that music continues to play as an oral historian. Through song one can chart the highs and lows of society and the resilience of the human spirit. The Archivists is a celebration of the undeniable power of art.