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As director Amy Jenkins welcomes her first child into the world, she must also negotiate the cancer diagnoses and transits toward death of her mother, sister, and brother, all of whom fall ill within the same year. Assembled from Jenkins’ video journals and narrated through archived answering machine messages, this heartbreaking story evolves from a first-person point of view as Jenkins, a visual artist, turns her camera to interrogate loss. Weaving cinéma vérité family footage into breathtaking vignettes of nature unfolding, INSTRUCTIONS ON PARTING tells an elegiac story about transformation, grief, and the essential nature of the collective human journey.
This screening is co-presented by bevival.
Q&A with director Amy Jenkins and producer Mary Kerr to follow.