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Canada, 2014

Production : National Film Board of Canada

Programmed by Benjamin R. Taylor





Combining elements of documentary, film essay and experimental film, filmmakers Karl Lemieux and David Bryant take us deep into the world of those who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Stubbornly defying traditional genres, Quiet Zone weaves together an unusual story in which sound and image distort reality to make the distress of these “wave refugees” palpable.

A word from Tënk

In Quiet Zone, David Bryant and Karl Lemieux transform the experiences of people afflicted with electromagnetic hypersensitivity into a synesthetic audio-visual essay. An empty field. A quiet village. A simple house. A place to escape from the attacks of encroaching technology. But distortion. But distress. The material of the film strip melts and shifts before our eyes. Inaudible soundscapes break into our hearing range. What was invisible in the cinematic medium comes to the fore and reveals itself to have been everywhere all the time. We get a feeling for the invisible waves that envelope the world which we now inhabit but soon get the impression that it’s the waves that may in fact inhabit us.

Benjamin R. Taylor
Director and programmer, VISIONS
Founding member of La lumière collective

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