Solastalgia is a neologism that describes a form of mental or existential distress caused by environmental change.
The everyday intimacy of climate change often goes under-acknowledged. This short film explores the dislocation, grief, and longing we all feel from the changes happening to our shared home. Can we find healing in acknowledging and accepting the sorrow and pain we are experiencing?
This film is also an exploration of the brighter side of climate change, both as a lived experience and as an invitation to a better path forward. Can we find solace in difficult times and a better future by expressing our deep respect and appreciation for our living planet that gives us all life?
Filmed on location in Tofino, Tla-o-qui-aht land (on Meares Island), and North Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.
Co-Directors: Pascal Tremblay and Sean Stiller
Producer: Pascal Tremblay
Editor: Sean Stiller
Cinematographer: Sean Stiller
Poem: Craig Santos Perez
Dancer: Sasha Rochon
Narration: Mariah Lynne Dear
Location Sound: Dennis Espiritu
Mixing and Sound Design: Inaam Haq, Arian Khosravi
Post-production VFX: Dennis Sibeijn