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This film screens with NWFF's very first Local Shortiez pick!

Give Yourself Heaven (Cleo Barnett, US, 2020, 1:42 min)

Give Yourself Heaven is an ecofeminist romance exploring the pleasure available in our relationships with nature.

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About The Fever:

Told through the perspective of an Indigenous port worker from a Brazilian rainforest town, Maya Da-Rin's feature narrative, The Fever, contrasts the noisy distraction of an industrial worksite with the quiet intimacy of the worker's home. Between the two settings, profound rifts emerge in language, culture, history, and privilege, as the film cleverly uses a mysterious illness and a metaphysical creature to illustrate the threats of modernization and capitalism to old ways of life.

“The Fever is a timely document about the cultural dangers of progress, and a reminder that our Western ways are not the only possibility.” – ICS

Delicate and dangerous, much like nature itself, The Fever is testament to Maya Da-Rin’s extraordinary ability to dig down deep into the lives of her protagonists (people/characters), listening with interest to what they have to say before transposing it all into images.” – Cineuropa

Rin avoids the simple or straightforward ethnographic gaze of an outsider by illuminating the community’s traditions and ancestry obliquely, rather than casting an actor to perform the character.” – BFI

This is an entrancing film, orphaned by an unspeakable longing for a place–a whole world–that will never return.” – The Film Stage

  • Year
  • Runtime
    98 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Brazil, Germany, France
  • Note
    English subtitles
  • Director
    Maya Da-Rin