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ReelEarth: Marija's Workshop

Posted on 12/18/2018 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Durability. What does this word mean? Marija Lah lives in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia and one of the wettest cities in Europe. She repairs an item that mostly everyone else throws away when they break: umbrellas. They hang in bright colors and cheerful prints along the walls of her shop, among specialized replacement spikes and antique umbrella repair machinery powered by foot-pedal. In a time when we treat so many things as disposable or replaceable, her clients’ desires to continue carrying their same beloved umbrellas feels at the same time old fashioned and revolutionary. With the characteristic intimacy and access for which the ReelEarth collection is known, Slovenian filmmaker Andro Kajzer brings us into her small workshop where her father began repairing umbrellas in the 1960s, and where Marija has made repairs for almost 30 years. Many of her clients have been visiting the shop since her father’s tenure, but as we watch her open up an umbrella covered in children's cartoons, and see a young woman client leaving a treasured item for repair, we feel hope. Marija’s craft holds a piece of enduring humanity, for Slovenians … and for us all. A worthwhile film to watch, no matter where you are traveling next!

Produced by Andro Kajzer

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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