Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

The Lake and The Lake / Land Underwater + Q&A

Director Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, 2019 / Maddi Barber, 2019, Country India, USA / Spain, Duration 88, Previous Festivals & Awards Ann Arbor Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, DokuFest, UnionDocs / San Sebastian Film Festival, Curtocircuito Festival internacional de Cine, Visions du Réel, Date Event has passed

Bellandur, the largest urban lake in Bangalore, is now so polluted that a thick layer of foam covers its surface. Sindhu Thirumalaisamy’s highly distinctive, multi-faceted essay film The Lake and The Lake explores the fraught ecology along Bellandur’s shoreline where fishermen, migrant waste workers, and stray dogs congregate, despite the region’s toxic waters. 

Nearly two decades ago, the controversial Itoiz dam flooded seven villages and three nature reserves in the Navarre Pyrenees and the area remains underwater to this day. In Land Underwater, Maddi Barber creatively reinterprets footage filmed by environmental group “Solidari@s con Itoiz” during the dam’s construction to create a haunting elegy for a lost land.

UK Premiere

Screening includes a Q&A with directors Sindhu Thirumalaisamy and Maddi Barber, hosted by Shai Heredia.

Read an essay on both works by Marcus Jack.

Available: Block 1 (Wed 9th Sept midday – Sat 12th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.