Two films one night!
6pm The Ponds
In a world of flux and chaos, it is almost a shock to discover some experiences remain natural, unhurried and unchanged.
In the middle of London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest and parkland plus three swimming ponds. People swim in them all year round, whatever the weather, just as they did in the time of Keats and Constable.
Capturing the beauty of the English seasons, co-directors Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith filmed the swimmers over 12 months as they laughed, sang, complained, ruminated, philosophised or simply sought respite from all that life threw at them.
8pm Ama-San (PG) – F rated
Part of WOW Film Festival
Director: Cláudia Varejão
Portugal/Japan, 2016, 1 hour 52 minutes, subtitles
A serenely intimate portrait of three generations of Japanese diving women, their mothers and grandmothers whose delicate bodies transform underwater into those of sea hunters. The ama-san’s way of life dates back 2,000 years and their mysterious rituals seemingly come from such a faraway and dreamlike past. Showing their spirituality, their reverence for nature, their courage and a strong sense of community, this is an extraordinary documentary about women’s power and the way that is channelled, in the sea and on land.
“my gaze dove upon the secret sea that lives in them” – director Cláudia Varejão