Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Samara Grace Chadwick. 2018, 94 mins. In French and English with subtitles. Nearly two decades after death haunts a high school in a small town in the late 1990s, the town and its survivors are still trying to make sense of the loss. In her prismatic debut feature, Samara Grace Chadwick returns to Moncton, Canada, the town she fled as a teen to re-immerse herself in memories still fragile and painful, opening up boxes of diaries, photos, and VHS tapes, and interviewing friends, families, and teachers about a series of suicides that transformed all of their lives. Employing a richly evocative handmade aesthetic, and featuring uncommonly intimate conversations that are both compassionate and revelatory, 1999 gathers into a collective essay on how grief is internalized—and how, as children, we so painfully learn to articulate our desire to stay alive.
“A profoundly personal but strikingly universal diaristic look back at a particular place and time. Surprising, tender, and charming.” Pamela Cohn, Filmmaker Magazine.
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