With the 2011 tsunami in Japan as a backdrop, All of Our Heartbeats are Connected Through Exploding Stars is an astonishing journey told as an essay on cosmos and how all living things are connected. A contemplative narrative about nature's merciless potential, its delicate qualities - and the forces trying to destroy it.
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Original Title: All of Our Heartbeats Are Connected Through Exploding Stars Director: Jennifer Rainsford Country: Sweden Year: 2022 Duration: 77 min Producer: Michael Krotkiewski

SPECIAL SCREENING: 16th of October (3 PM). Conversation with director Jennifer Rainsford (Sweden) and sound designer Ted Krotkiewski (Sweden).

March 11, 2011. First, the largest earthquake in Japan's modern history and then, thirty minutes later, dark tsunami waves roar in over the coast of North-Eastern Japan. As the water retreats from land it drags cars, homes and lives into the sea. All of Our Heartbeats are Connected Through Exploding Stars is a staggering odyssey told as a philosophical and emotional essay on grief and regeneration. The film moves from the shores of Japan to the islands of Hawaii, via rarely seen places thousands of meters below sea level. We meet Satoko, a young woman who struggles with overcoming her trauma from the disaster and finds a way out of the darkness when falling in love; Yasu, who has done over 100 dives in search for his lost wife; Sachiko, who keeps writing letters to her husband that was taken by the wave. Meanwhile on the other side of the ocean, in the Hawaiian island of Kaho’olawe, a group of volunteers gather to clean the beach from Japanese tsunami debris floating in from the Ocean, all while sharing stories of the afterlife.

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A devastating story, told with great delicacy and affection. Jennifer Rainsford handles grief, memory and regrowth in an immersive lyrical and visually staggering film essay. With striking images shot on land and in the sea, the film celebrates human resilience and the endless beauty of our planet.

Jennifer Rainsford, is a visual artist and director based in Stockholm. Her short films and installations have been shown at festivals such as Oberhausen, Berlinale, Rotterdam and CPH:DOX. Her last film LAKE ON FIRE was selected for the main short film competition at Göteborg Film Festival 2020. ALL OF OUR HEARTBEATS ARE CONNECTED THROUGH EXPLODING STARS is her first feature length documentary.

"There were so many tragic stories after the Tsunami, and I think in documentaries it is easy to live on somebody else’s sufferings. This wasn’t the kind of story I wanted to tell. I felt like I would be taking something from the people that I can’t give back. So from there I kept working with coincidence and that rule."


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