Weaving cinéma vérité family footage with breathtaking vignettes of nature unfolding, INSTRUCTIONS ON PARTING tells an elegiac story about transformation, grief, and the essential nature of the collective human journey. As Director Amy Jenkins welcomes her first child into the world, she also must negotiate the cancer diagnoses of her mother, sister, and brother, all of whom fall ill within the same year. Crafted from Jenkins’ video journals and narrated through archived answering machine messages, Jenkins, a visual artist, turns her camera to interrogate loss. Her vulnerability leads us to a bold and daring acceptance of our own mortality and a reverence for the fleeting beauty of life.
INSTRUCTIONS ON PARTING/2018/USA/95 MIN.
Director AMY JENKINS, Producer MARY KERR, Editor BARA JICHOVA-TYSON, Consulting Editor LAURE SULLIVAN, Composer NOAH HOFFELD, Sound Designer JIM DAWSON
WORLD PREMIERE: The Museum of Modern Art Doc Fortnight 2018
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: Sydney Film Festival, AU
WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Athens International Film & Video Festival,OH
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