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Dir. Jacquelyn Mills
2022, Canada, 103 min

Geographies of Solitude is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, guided by naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas who has lived over 40 years on this remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Shot on 16mm and created using a scope of innovative eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this feature-length experimental documentary is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world. Zoe leads us among wild horses, seals and bugs, through peaks, valleys, roots, sands, weathers, seasons and stars. The intangible is evoked with hidden sounds and vanishing light. Much like a field book, the film tracks its protagonist’s labor to collect, clean and document marine litter that persistently washes up on the island shores.

Poetic and ultimately powerful.

– Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail

It turns an ecology lesson, and an account of a noble, steadfast, single-minded pursuit, into art.

– Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

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