As Above, So Below
ScreeningOct 20 2013 - 4:15 PM
at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Directed by: Sarah J. Christman | 50 minutes | USA, Belgium | Documentary | Canadian Premiere
Shedding light on local and global acts of alchemy, As Above, So Below is a deeply personal and thought-provoking reflection on the ephemeral life of material objects. Christman’s intimate documentation of her family’s decision to have her father’s ashes transformed into a memorial diamond frames a larger exploration of the recycling of matter.
The story ranges from Belgium, where precious metals are “mined” from discarded electronics, to New York, where a long-term reclamation project is converting what was once the world’s largest landfill into the city’s second largest public park system. Overturning common conceptions of a disposable culture, this beautifully-composed essay film underscores the vast and unimagined potential lying dormant in our waste.
Jury Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature, Chicago Underground Film Festival