Mystic Chords of Memory (2021, 109 minutes, HD) explores how people experience and maintain connections to their shared past and culture through narratives about place. Set in Cymru (Wales, U.K), this unconventional documentary touches on a breadth of topics and features locals across the country, including a storyteller who practices ‘mythic maintenance’ on his favorite historical site, a land-based artist creating work about the life of slate quarry workers, former coal miners, village elders, political activists, sheep farmers, and practitioners of Celtic spirituality. In weaving these seemingly disparate elements together, the film considers how both shared and personal identity are constructed through connection to place, and how stories serve as a means of cultural resilience and a vehicle of collective memory.
Directed Written and Produced by: Lauren Everett
Filming Locations: Maesteg and other parts of the South Wales Coal Valleys, Brecon Beacons, Borth, Angelsey Island, Blaenau Ffestiniog area and other parts of North Wales.
Length: 109 minutes
Language: English, Welsh
Format: DCP, MOV/MP4
Date: January 2021 (International Premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival)
- Finalist at the Wales International Film Festival 2021