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Meanwhile On Earth
July 11, 2021 12:15 pm
Feature Documentary | 2020 | Sweden, Denmark, Estonia | 72 min | Directed by Carol Olsson | Syndicado
A meditative, observational documentary Meanwhile on Earth follows that funeral tasks and final journey – to grave or crematoria – offering a rare insight into contemporary funerary practices.
Filmed with a gentle calm, Meanwhile On Earth documents the Swedish funeral industry following everyone associated with the care of bodies after death, from the funeral directors to musicians preparing to play, hearse drivers to grave diggers, and many others.
Each of these specialists is charged with a task to respectfully mark the passing of a life and Olsson’s film observes all of these events, allowing them to unfold before his camera enabling the viewer to pay witness to these normally secret worlds.
But while the camera maintains a sterile distance from events, the documentary’s rhythm builds to create a surprisingly human narrative, punctuated by the living activities of those we trust our deaths too.
Screens with the short film What Resonates In Silence.