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by Joshua Bonnetta


The Outer Hebrides was ​long ago once thought of as a place of seers​,​ who were known to have the gift of Second Sight​:​ an ability to foretell future events. These prognostications were revealed to the seer in the form of visions or otherworldly sounds. Sometimes they took the form of portents derived ​by augury read from animals, bones, or weather patterns foretelling what has yet come to pass. ​ Using these stories as a starting point​, THE TWO SIGHTS, ​​is a portrait of a rapidly changing maritime environment​ with its acoustic ecology and culture in flux in a time of uncertain futures​​​. Long take Super 16mm cinematography, interwoven with site-specific field recordings and interviews​ collected from ​the disappearing oral histories​​ of several Hebridean communities​ are collaged to explore the relationship between place narrative​, ​environment​,​ and the reciprocal influences they exact upon one another.

international title: The Two Sights
original title: An Dà Shealladh
country: Canada, United Kingdom
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Joshua Bonnetta
film run: 90'
screenplay: Joshua Bonnetta
cinematography by: Joshua Bonnetta
film editing: Joshua Bonnetta
music: Joshua Bonnetta
producer: Joshua Bonnetta
executive producer: Andy MacKinnon
production: Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Center (UK), UistFilm (UK)
backing: Canada Council For The Arts (CA)

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