Costa video: "The Leafcutter"

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Running counter to society’s message that success is the steady march toward predetermined milestones, in this short animated fable Costa offers an alternate perspective on the value of exploration, and the life-altering experiences that come with it.

On the surface, it’s a story about a leafcutter ant heeding the call of adventure. But it could really be about any of us. The metaphorical ant is caught up in the grind when he is unexpectedly given the opportunity to pause and question what he’s doing and why. After some contemplation, he decides to see what else is “out there.” He sets out on a journey filled with challenges to overcome and by the end he discovers there’s some pretty wonderful stuff in this world – and in himself.