Solastalgia

Runtime: 12 mins 58 sec
Director:  Millefiore Clarkes

When the panic over global crises threatens to engulf her, Ava embarks on a vision-quest to put things in perspective. SOLASTALGIA is a lyrical, dramatic film that explores the anguish that climate change and a global state of uncertainty can impart upon the human psyche. Ava, a mother of two young children, is bombarded throughout her day with news of global disasters. Over the airwaves, on the internet, overheard at a grocery store – cataclysmic stories of the effects of climate change steadily erode Ava’s inner peace. She acutely feels the burden of guilt for her entire species. She worries about her children’s futures. Her mental health is unwinding as she searches for solace and a new perspective.  ​ This film is a drama that utilizes non-traditional, stock and archival sources for some of its imagery – set to the formidable poetic verse of Tanya Davis (former poet-laureate of Halifax). SOLASTALGIA places the human experience within the vast timeline of the earth, poetically evoking the idea that life has meaning with or without us.

DIRECTOR –Millefiore Clarkes

Millefiore Clarkes is an award-winning filmmaker from Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Through her company One Thousand Flowers Productions she produces a variety of media work: short and feature documentaries, music videos, short dramas, experimental shorts, and video installations.

Director – Millefiore Clarkes

She has directed three documentaries for The National Film Board of Canada: The Song and the Sorrow, Blue Rodeo-On The Road, and Island Green. The Song and the Sorrow won Best Short Atlantic Documentary at FIN – Atlantic International Film Board, Best Documentary at Silverwave Film Festival, Best Mid-Length Doc at The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, and Best Atlantic Documentary at Lunenburg Doc Fest.

Her films have screened at festivals across Canada and the US and have been broadcast on CBC and Bravo! Her experimental short December in Toronto is featured on Vimeo’s Staff Picks, and her music videos have won a number of awards.

She is passionate about telling stories through film and media art.