The Forest In Me

Agafya and space junk

Feature Documentary / 2024

Epic forests of the Siberian Taiga and black lava landscapes of a Hawaiian volcano are woven through this quietly powerful film that opens outwards from a personal story about living with uncertainty.

Rebecca E Marshall draws from footage she has shot over twenty years in an intimate address to her child in the future. She builds connections between Agafya Lykova, an elderly woman surviving alone in the Siberian forest who scares bears away by banging space-rocket debris, a crew simulating life isolated on Mars and her young child discovering the world minute by minute.

This endlessly surprising cinematic journey offers up images that shake ideas of past, present and future. It generates a deeply tender vision of timeless human connections that weave through an increasingly divided world. In a time when extreme and polarising viewpoints are constantly pushed into our attention, this film offers an important space to notice the quiet details we can all share.

The Forest in Me held its World Premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in March 2024 where it was nominated for the Fast Forward Competition.

Director: Rebecca E Marshall
Cinematography: Sarah Cunningham
Assistant director: Elena Andreicheva
Translator: Elena Andreicheva
Editor: Rebecca E Marshall & Daniel Passes
Sound Design: Chu-Li Shewring
Soundtrack: Xylouris White
Additional music: Simon Keep

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