A child explores their environment through their hands, and first ‘sees’ through texture. The world becomes light through touch, and begins to open like a prism. Filmmaker Adam Amir introduces his baby, Rumi, to the rivers and the mountains in this new documentary for the New Yorker, and re-examines his relationship with the natural world.
Realising that he’s looking for stillness rather than adventure, for peace and for safety, Amir recognises the way his child changes the outdoors. The world comes closer as he contemplates community and history, and the new link of care a baby creates.
There’s a calm beauty in the slow shots of snowy mountains and deep forests, and a harmony as we see this stillness in the man-made world too. Amir shows the Vancouver landscape as a wilderness and as a home. Suburban life beneath the mountains looks comforting, but much of it is built on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
As he introduces his child to the land, Amir considers how to tell its stories respectfully, and to share its culture with Rumi as he grows.
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