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Illusions of Control

Shannon Walsh / Canada / 2019 / 87 ' / English - Japanese - Chinese - Spanish / S.T. English


Hart Snider
Shannon Walsh
Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Eugenio Battaglia
Owen Pallett
Andréa Schmidt & Shannon Walsh
Executive Producer: Patrick Reed

Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (World Premiere)
Official Selection, DOXA Documentary Film Festival

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A riveting meditation on resilience in the face of disaster, ILLUSIONS OF CONTROL reveals surprising ways to live on, and reimagine life in the ruins.


ILLUSIONS OF CONTROL unfolds in landscapes irrevocably shaped by human attempts to dominate them. Five women confront unbearable crises: Silvia searches for her missing daughter in the deserts of northern Mexico; Yang attempts to hold back the expanding desert in China; Kaori mobilizes mothers as citizen-scientist to monitor radiation in Fukushima, Japan; Stacey builds on Indigenous knowledge to confront toxic legacies in Yellowknife; and, Lauren stands at the crossroads of a terminal cancer diagnosis in Chicago. What opportunities does ecological instability offer for imagining new ways of relating to each other, to the places we inhabit, and to our collective future? Each story reveals surprising ways to live on, and reimagine life in the ruins.


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