Join us for a film screening of Geographies of Solitude (2022) directed by Jacquelyn Mills. Co-hosted with The Culturist Film Club and projected on the Jameel’s cinema screen, Geographies of Solitude is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, guided by naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas who has lived over 40 years on this remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Shot on 16mm and created using innovative eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this feature-length experimental documentary is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world. Zoe leads us among wild horses, seals and insects, through peaks, valleys, roots, sands, weathers, seasons and stars. Much like a field guide, the film tracks Zoe’s laborious efforts to collect, clean and document marine litter that persistently washes up on the island shores.
Watch the trailer of Geographies of Solitude here.
Jacquelyn Mills is a filmmaker based in Montréal. Her works are immersive and sensorial, often exploring an intimate and healing connection to the natural world. Her award-winning documentary In the Waves (60’, 2017) premiered at Visions du Réel. Geographies of Solitude (103’, 2022) premiered at the Berlinale Forum winning three awards, and has since garnered 19 awards including Best Canadian Feature Film at Hot Docs and Grand Jury Prize at Jeonju. Jacquelyn is a Sundance Alumni and an IDA Documentary Award nominee. She has also worked as editor, sound designer and cinematographer on many internationally acclaimed films.
This screening is presented by The Culturist Film Club, programmed by Hind Mezaina, artist, film curator, writer and founder of The Culturist.
The Culturist was launched in 2009 by Hind Mezaina. Based in Dubai, the blog features all things culture-worthy in Dubai and beyond, with a special interest in film, music, photography and travel.
Hind Mezaina is an artist, film curator and writer from Dubai. Working primarily in analogue photography and video, her interests lie in cinema, cities, visual culture, collective memory, pop culture in the Gulf region and archives. She is also the founder of The Culturist blog; Moving Image Editor at Tribe, a non-profit publication and platform that focuses on photography and moving image from the Arab World; and the co-founder of Tea with Culture podcast. She has curated film screenings for local institutions, including NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Sharjah Art Foundation, The Africa Institute, Alliance Française Dubai, and Jameel Arts Centre (Make History: Filed and Concealed and Yesterday Was Like This in Dubai).