On a Day of National Tragedy
Anything Is Possible…
Those who are dead have never gone away.
They are in the shadows darkening around,
They are in the shadows fading into day.
The dead are not under the ground.
They are in the trees that quiver,
They are in the woods that weep,
They are in the waters of the rivers,
They are in the waters that sleep.
They are in the crowd, they are in the homestead.
The dead are never dead.
Birago Diop (1906-1989)
Dark September Rain is:
“… A piece of art that probes deep into the ordinary lives of people.”
“Geoffrey Breedon’s realization of his stage play is a cinematic tour de force that is destined to have more people claim to know it than have actually savoured its generous length and, sadly, have little impact on the social conscience of our survival of the fattest world-think.”
Gabriel and five friends are stranded on his family farm on a day of national tragedy that forces them to confront their ideals and fears. Meanwhile the ghosts of Gabriel’s great grandparents recollect the horrors of the 20th Century, from World War One and the Great Depression to World War Two and the deaths of their children. Throughout all of this, two supernatural beings reflect on the events of the day while reading from a sacred black book. As night falls, it becomes clear that the tragedy affecting the nation has reached the farm, leaving Gabriel’s life hanging in the balance.
Reminiscent of films such as Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire, Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima Mon Amour, and influenced by the writings of philosopher Ken Wilber, Eastern mysticism, and Western spirituality, Dark September Rain is a provocative and inspiring exploration of what it means to live in a post-September 11th world.
A PDF of the original press kit can be found here.