Director: France Benoit Runtime: 22m Country of Origin: Canada Genre: Experimental Screening: 13-02-19 Block A: TREASURED MEMORIES 4.00-5.45PM
Everyone will lose someone they love at some point, death being our one, universal certainty. But how we deal with that loss is a wholly personal journey. In Three Drops, Yellowknife filmmaker France Benoit narrates the intimate story of her struggles during the first year after her environmental activist husband Doug’s terminal diagnosis. In an effort to connect to him and to find ground beneath her feet following his death, she continues their annual ritual of writing a letter to one another at Christmas time. Throughout four seasons, her written words are brought to life on screen through mesmerizing interpretive dance scenes choreographed and performed by Tomiko Robson. With original music from Carmen Braden, Three Drops is an inspiring, multidisciplinary exploration of one woman’s resiliency when ‘til death do us part’ becomes her sudden, new reality.
France Benoit is a policy advisor turned filmmaker who then decided to become a farmer. Originally from Québec, she moved to Yellowknife in 1989 where she soon started to grow roots which run deeper and deeper as the years go by. France continues to live self-sufficiently in the boreal forest outside of Yellowknife, pumping her water from the lake, heating her home from wood and drawing her energy from the sun.