Good Kind Films

Solastalgia

Overview

This self-initiated short film is a creative expression of the psychological toll of climate change and a love poem of gratitude to our shared living planet. It is an invitation to find solace and healing in acceptance, gratitude, and reconnecting with the living world around us.

The short film was shot in North Vancouver, Tofino, and Meares Island on Tla-o-qui-aht territory in collaboration with Canadian filmmaker Sean Stiller.

"A short film that impresses with its overwhelming vitality, in which the surrounding nature and human nature become the avatars of the same cosmic soul."

TMFF Movie Festival

Solastalgia

The Theme

"Solastalgia is the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault. It is manifest in an attack on one’s sense of place, in the erosion of the sense of belonging to a particular place and a feeling of distress about its transformation." - Glenn Albrecht

The everyday intimacy of climate change often goes under-acknowledged. This short film explores the dislocation, grief, and longing we all feel from the changes happening to our shared home. Can we find healing in acknowledging and accepting the sorrow and pain we are experiencing?

This film is also an exploration of the brighter side of climate change, both as a lived experience and as an invitation to a better path forward. Can we find solace and a better future by once again expressing deep respect and appreciation for our living planet that gives us all life?

Film

Poem

We chose to use some of Craig Santos Perez' series of sonnets on climate change as the lyrical basis for the film. His words seamlessly connect the local to the global and the personal to the planetary. Their tone, rawness, and deeply intertwined spiritual and emotional layers were just perfect for how we wanted to craft the story: climate change as both psychic pain and a beautiful invitation towards reconnection with the web of life.

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Services

Direction, Production, Screenwriting, Sound Design

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