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All Water Has a Perfect Memory

A film by Natalia Almada

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ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY is a poignant experimental documentary that explores the effects of tragedy and remembrance on a bi-cultural family. At seven months old, filmmaker Natalia Almada lost her two-year-old sister, Ana Lynn, in a drowning accident at her childhood home in Mexico. Inspired by an essay written by Toni Morrison, in which she speaks of the Mississippi River’s ability to conjure memories, this moving piece serves as a meditation on the cultural and gender differences between the filmmaker’s North American mother and Mexican father in the face of their daughter’s death. Through personal recollections narrated by each family member, including her brother, Almada incorporates Super-8 home movies, photographs and fabricated images to weave together a touching and moving visual memory of Ana Lynn.

“A masterfully crafted documentary of sheer power and beauty...captures the essence of pain, loss, remembrance, and cultural differences.” —David Kwok Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival

“Powerful imagery.” —Rebecca Rodrigues, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Poignant…(Almada) creates a touching and visual memory.” —Vistas Film Festival

“Stunningly beautiful. Its imagery is mesmerizing, its voices haunting…highly recommended.” —Visual Anthropology Review

Woodstock International Film Festival
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival
Walker Art Center
Wexner Center for the Arts
Documenta Und Museum
Aurora Picture Show, TX
Honorable Mention, Best Documentary Short Film, Cleveland International Film Festival
Tulipanes Latino Films and Arts Film Festival
Red Bank International Film Festival
One Reel Film Festival
San Francisco Latino Int’l Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
Vistas Film Festival
Bilbao Documentary and Short Film Festival
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
Audience Award, African American Women in Cinema
Best Short Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival
Gold Plaque Award, Chicago International Film Festival
San Diego Latino Film Festival
Women in the Director's Chair
Dallas Video Festival

19 minutes / Color
English; Spanish / English subtitles
Release: 2001
Copyright: 2001

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This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Cultural Anthropology, Cinema Studies, Family Relations, Grief, Death & Dying, Latin America, Mexico, Women’s Studies

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