The Woman Who Returns
Directed by Heather Hatch
There is something about Heather Hatch that makes you trust her. Maybe it is the sincerity of her voice. Maybe it is in the conviction and respect that she portrays everyone on screen. Hatch’s story of self discovery emboldens the viewer beyond the screen. The Woman Who Returns is about how Hatch travels to Haida Gwaii to embrace her history and answer many questions that adopted people have. Who am I? Who is my family? Who was my family? Can I make my mark on those, the living, who still represent me? Is it nature or nurture or a composite hybrid of both? Hatch takes the audience on a waterbound journey into what family means and how one’s past can connect with their present. Call it a documentary, a short film or even a first person video-based geographical history, Hatch’s story drips of an honest intimacy.
Beneath The Surface
Directed by Frederick Kroetsch and Kurt Spenrath
This wonderfully shot and candid documentary is about Daniel Annett becoming the first quadruple amputee scuba diver. No, actually it is not. It is about Annett becoming the first quadruple amputee scuba diver to swim with hammerhead sharks. Come to think about it, it’s not about that either. It’s about Annett, and his dedicated crew of filmmakers, making a point. The point? According to Annett, it’s about how everyone, you and me alike, can achieve anything. It doesn’t matter what obstacles are in your way, if you focus on it, surround yourself with the right people, then anything is possible. Through levels of honesty and sea-sickened vomit, Annett takes you beyond what you are told and into the heart of humanity. Frame by frame, Beneath the Surface delves where it promises, in an all encompassing and inspirational fashion.