1999

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1999

Directed by Samara Chadwick

  • Canada, Switzerland 2018; 90 min
  • Original version: French, English
  • Genre: Documentary

Synopsis

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.

Production

  • PARABOLA FILMS

     

  • BEAUVOIR FILMS

     

  • NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

     

  • SCHWEIZER RADIO UND FERNSEHEN SRF

     

International Sales

  • CAT&DOCS

    Maëlle Guenegues