1999

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    1999

    Directed by

    Canada, Switzerland

    2018

    90 min

    • French
    • English

    Documentary

    When death haunts a high school in a small town in the late 1990s, everyone is forever transformed. Samara Chadwick returns to the town she fled as a teen to re-immerse herself in the memories still lurking there, in its spaces and within the dusty boxes of diaries, photos and VHS tapes. 1999 is not a ghost story, but the ghosts are palpable at every turn. The snow-covered streets, the schools’ hallways and lockers are preserved as in a dream. The absences left by the relentless teenage suicides still shimmer with questions, trauma and regret. Samara encounters people who are still heartbroken, and, finally, 16 years later, the community strengthens itself by sharing the long-silenced memories. Ultimately the film weaves together multiple voices in a collective essay on how is grief internalized - and how, as children, we learn to articulate the desire to stay alive.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Samara Chadwick
    Cinematography
    Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
    Samara Grace Chadwick
    Editing
    Terra Jean Long
    Music
    Cyril Hahn
    Production
    PARABOLA FILMS
    Production
    BEAUVOIR FILMS
    Production
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Production
    SCHWEIZER RADIO UND FERNSEHEN SRF
    Sales
    CAT&DOCS
    Samara Chadwick

    Samara Chadwick

    Canada

    Born in 1982 in Saint John, Canada, Samara Chadwick has spent more than 15 years working in the field of documentary filmmaking throughout Europe and North- and South America, as a filmmaker, editor, and festival programmer. She holds a BA in Communication Studies and Liberal Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, an MA in Cultural Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin, and a PhD from Universidade Federal Fluminense, Università degli Studi di Bergamo and Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle. She has programmed films and conferences for HotDocs in Toronto, the 2ANNAS Film Festival in Rīga, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM), and the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art / 7th Berlin Biennale. In 2015-2016 she curated the Market, Conference, Talent Lab and Kino VR programmes of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). Since 2017, she is Senior Programmer for the Points North Institute and the Camden International Film Festival. Her first feature documentary, 1999, produced by Parabola Films (Canada), Beauvoir Films (Switzerland) and the National Film Board of Canada premiered in April 2018 at Visions du réel in Switzerland.