1999

By Samara CHADWICK

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First film - Post-Production 2018

A high school story set in 1999 in my small town, when so many of our teenage friends took their own lives. How does grief still haunt our streets, our archives, and our memories?


Festivals
& Awards

BAFICI 2019
Human Rights Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • First film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA, SWITZERLAND
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Samara CHADWICK
    • Producer(s)
    • Selin MURAT (Parabola Films), Sarah SPRING (Parabola Films)
    • Synopsis
    • When death haunts a high school in a small town in the late 1990s, everyone is forever transformed. In this gentle prismatic film, Samara 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 school’s 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 as breathtaking as they are 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 so painfully learn to articulate our desire to stay alive.