Dear Darkness

    • Samuel N. Schwarz
    • Germany
    • 2019
    • 16 min
    • International Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs, IDFA Junior
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    Twelve-year-old Frida is almost blind; she can only make out contours, shadows and colors. At the same time, she can “see” much more than other people. She believes that with the energy we all have within us, we can achieve things that we thought were impossible. In Dear Darkness, we see how she puts this into practice. Frida is lovingly encouraged by her parents, whom we see in the background as they invite her to experience a sculpture or go swimming with her.

    Frida has an entirely unique view of the world, from which she occasionally takes a distance so she can listen, feel and think. To do so she seeks out complete darkness, because only if there are no visual stimuli can she find peace. In this way, she hardly differs from her sighted peers—and this is why part of the film takes place in the dark.

    Credits

    • 16 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: German
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Samuel N. Schwarz
    Production
    Hannah Liebrenz for Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Paula Ziemke for Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
    Cinematography
    Sophia Fenn
    Animation
    Emilia Zieser, Sophie Kalinowsky
    Editing
    Armano Forster
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    IDFA history

    2019
    International Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs
    IDFA Junior

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