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Lights Above Water

Lumières sur l’eau

True North | Future//Present

Made in collaboration with the Cree community of Waswanipi, Lights Above Water is an extraordinary documentary that is equal parts observational and poetic. Shot over the course of a year, co-directors Nicolas Lachapelle and Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux’s film follows a group of young children through their daily lives as they talk about their home, play, hunt, and dance (a moment that triggers a particularly memorable Rihanna music cue). The camera manages to keep a distance, allowing the children to guide the film and express themselves, privileging the viewer by immersing us in their world. Expressive stylistic flourishes and striking imagery imbue the work with a lyrical quality unusual for documentary. A generous and humane meditation on identity and place unfettered by an issue-driven hook or a conventional narrative, Lights Above Water (a colloquial translation of “Waswanipi”) is the rare sort of film that refuses to impose its own agenda while transcending categorization and refraining from delivering a simple message. In so doing, it becomes a beautiful work of art to behold.

Preceded By: Two

Director: Christopher Spencer-Lowe / Nova Scotia, 2016, 13 min.
An experimental home movie with a young child, shot on Super 8, melds perspectives between filmmaker, subject and material.
World premiere
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2016
Running Time: 58 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In French, English, Waswanipi with English subtitles
Related Links: Trailer | Website
Producer: Nicolas Lachapelle, Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux
Cinematographer: Nicolas Lachapelle
Editor: Anne-Gabrielle Lebrun-Harpin
Music: Alex Raymond Lachapelle, Mourad Benacer
Print Source: 3.14 Collectif


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