“This impressionistic documentary is a heavenly and entrancing look at the end of the world. It’s an intensely well-made film, finding something truly moving in between the worlds of NASA and Indigenous cosmology.” – Criterioncast
8.45pm | Friday 25 October | Cinema Nova
ABOUT the film
Sarah J. Christman | USA | 2019 | 86 mins
As artful as it is expansive, the atmospheric and enigmatic Swarm Season haunts, provokes and illuminates in equal measures.
Offering a series of unique considerations on the small and large alike – from a mother and daughter’s breeding of a bee colony, to inspections of humanity’s transcendent connection to land and planets beyond – Swarm Season gestures towards the realm of science-fiction, while remaining anchored in the human and ecological concerns of reality.
With entrancing intensity and a razor-sharp eye for dream-like visuals, this documentary delicately blends craft and contemplation into a rich, spellbinding artwork, probing our understanding of nature and compelling us to ponder what lies ahead for the planet.
ACCOMPAYING SHORT FILM | THE POLLINATOR ALLIANCE
This screening will commence with an introduction and short film by Melbourne’s Pollinator Alliance. The Pollinator Appliance created their short film with training provided via EFFA’s Community Storytelling Project, made possible with the support of EFFA’s Major Partner, Bank Australia.
Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.