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ReelEarth: The Encyclopedia of Human Touch

Posted on 2/26/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

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

How can raw emotion—and even physical trauma—be expressed and processed in a concert without sound or words? In this film from the ReelEarth Collection, we meet Hanne Marie Le Fevre, a classically trained singer in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is preparing to perform an original piece of “music” through touch and the human body, but with no sound. Filmmaker Omid Zarei brings us below deck on Hanne’s houseboat, as she practices her part in a concert performance by renowned Danish composer Jeppe Ernst. Sun warms the cozy cabin, filled with soft blankets, potted plants, and a small wood stove. The space feels incredibly safe, calm, and wholly hers, but we know it has not always been this way. For Hanne, and her best friend and performance partner, Camilla, the healing and creative work they are preparing to perform has been a vessel for recovery from past physical violence that Hanne has experienced. I highly encourage you to watch this film—a beautiful and intimate glimpse of touch, of bodies, and of a Danish woman navigating the aftermath of domestic violence through art.

Produced by Omid Zarei

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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