Nearly two decades ago the Itoiz reservoir flooded seven villages and three nature reserves on the slopes of Navarre Pyrenees. The environmental group Solidari@s with Itoiz documented on video the fight against its construction. Today, those who were there dream of the land that remains underwater. Their voices and gestures intertwine to account for an individual and collective mourning that extends to the present.
Dir. Maddi Barber - 50min - 2019 - Spain
"Created in clandestine circumstances, these hazy recordings emerge like a warning from the past in Maddi Barber’s spectral, enigmatic documentary...By opening with a school play in which the children promise to protect the nation’s lands and rivers, Land Underwater hints at how younger generations are being failed by those in power." - Guardian
"A militant and dreamlike film that transports us into the collective mourning of a land engulfed by water." - Visions du Reel
"a haunting elegy for a lost land." - Open City Documentary Festival