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We Are Illuminated

Amidst the bustle of a modern city, one working night, a vet at a 24-hour animal hospital, a football umpire, a stage manager, a supermarket night filler and an advertising poster installer are unconnected and unaware of each other. Their worlds are separated by physical and social distance. Yet, as the night unfolds, the complex system of human activity in the wider world hints at an interconnectedness between them all.

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Beautiful imagery, a nocturnal soundscape and evocative music lead us along a sensory journey into the city night. We Are Illuminated is a slice of our shared 24-hour story – the invisible relationships that bind us and the fantastic ocean of light employed to show us our way.

We Are Illuminated expresses the interconnection between ourselves and the city environment we construct around us. It employs an observationalist style to infiltrate the cracks between the causal relationships that bind us all together. At its heart it is a film about the interplay between socio-economic structures and personal toil. What sits between these forces of the personal and institutional is a momentum that few are aware of. This film interrogates that momentum and asks what will its effect be upon our environmental future.
night light work city observation




Copyright © 2010 William Head and Open Channel

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Previous screenings

19 Aug – 28 Aug | Kansk, Russia
Antenna International Documentary Festival | 2011
5 Oct – 9 Oct | Sydney, Australia
Interfilm: International Short Film Festival Berlin
15 Nov – 20 Nov | Berlin, Germany

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