Robin McKenna | 6:38 | 2020 | Canada | Narrative
Two sisters entwined by love. When Annie disappears, her younger sister, Natalie, seeks her out in an unconventional way: as a thanadoula, accompanying the dying in their final stages. Between their slow and final breaths, Natalie finds a bridge between life and death and, ultimately, a pathway to her sister.
Robin McKenna is an award-winning director, producer and writer of creative, personal documentaries. Her feature documentary GIFT, inspired by Lewis Hyde’s classic bestseller The Gift, opened in theatres across the US and Canada in 2019 and was nominated for the DGC’s Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking. Thanadoula is her first animated film.
Robin grew up in Montreal and began making films for the celebrated TV series La Course destination monde. Her doc The Great War Experience won the Yorkton Film Festival’s Founder’s Award in 2007. She has directed documentary series for networks in the US and Canada, and her cinematography credits include City of Borders (Berlinale, Hot Docs 2009) and The Take (AFI Best Documentary, 2004). In 2018, she directed a 16mm short film about legendary actress Geneviève Bujold, produced by the NFB for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. Robin is currently completing Medicine, a feature-length documentary about ayahuasca, medicine and healing, with Dr. Gabor Maté.