OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
The Water Dancers
Shorts Programme 9
DIRECTOR : Robyn Palmer
COUNTRY : South Africa
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 25min
Nu Metro 6, 12 Oct @ 2.30pm | 16 Oct @ 12pm
Dragonflies are the sentinels of the Earth. Being among the oldest creatures on our planet, they have lived in harmony with the indigenous plants and animals of Earth’s bountiful landscapes for 300 million years. We came, we conquered and we evicted them from their habitats. Now, after millennia of human recklessness, we are turning back to nature’s messenger, the dragonfly, for promise of a new way forward. South Africa’s scientists and industries are working to bring them back into our world through a creative system of connected corridors, known as Ecological Networks. The Water Dancers, a name from the Zulu Jigamanzi, “dancing on water,” invites you into the precious world of the small things to discover how their sensitive nature can help us design a passage into the future.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Robyn Palmer is a graduate of the University of Cape Town. She is passionate about telling stories that matter through the medium of film and exploring the limits of its dynamism and resonance. Robyn believes in film as a truly accessible medium, imbued with the power of mass influence. Robyn’s directing debut was her 2016 short film, Cassandra, which premiered at the 4th Jozi Film Festival in South Africa and won the category for Best Student Film.
The Water Dancers is Robyn’s documentary debut