Skip to main content

The 2011 Japan tsunami triggers this staggering essay about loss that connects human and environmental trauma using astonishing juxtapositions. Internal and external world—from hippocampus to seahorse, breathing to tides and iron to stars—are linked in obscure and revelatory ways through survivor testimonials and poetic empirical and anecdotal observations of disaster on all creatures. In this monster movie of our own making, Godzilla is made up of floating garbage, and nothing less than a deep dive into the science of dreams, the marvels of dancing plankton and the pathology of broken heart syndrome will do, to show that every living thing is part of a larger interconnected system. Humans breathe out and the oceans breathe in, so that we are constantly breathing together and becoming our planet. If we admit that our human experiences of pain and the Earth's are just different versions of the same destruction, will recovery come, be it in ripples or waves? Angie Driscoll


  • Director(s)

    • Jennifer Rainsford
  • Producer(s)

    • Michael Krotkiewski
    • Mirjam Gelhorn
    • David Herdies
  • Editor(s)

    • Camille Cotte
    • Amalie Westerlin Tjellesen
  • Cinematography

    • Karolina Pajak
    • Iga Mikler
    • Wojtek Sulezycki
  • Composer

    • Teho Teardo
  • Sound

    • Haruna Hirano

Promotional Partners

Nordic Bridges
This screening was made possible as part of NORDIC BRIDGES 2022 in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Get the latest from Hot Docs

Sign up for e-news and keep up to date with the latest from Hot Docs and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.
  • Advance notices about upcoming films
  • The latest on festival dates and tickets
  • Customize your preferences
  • Unsubscribe at any time
Sign up