28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Blue Room
Blue Room
Blue Room
Blue Room

Blue Room

director: Merete Mueller
original title: Blue Room
country: United States
year: 2022
running time: 11 min.


Two prisons in the American Northwest conduct a mental health experiment. Prisoners are shown videos of nature, something many of them haven’t experienced in decades. The film is a meditation on isolation, humankind's relationship with nature, and the fact that songbirds singing and strolls in the forest aren't to be taken for granted.

“Equal parts meditation and provocation, Blue Room identifies the damage done by withholding access to the outdoors and how we are all prisoners when the essential human need for communion with nature is denied.” (Angie Driscoll)

Source: https://hotdocs.ca/whats-on/hot-docs-festival/films/2022/blue-room


In her films, American documentary filmmaker Merete Mueller (b. 1984) examines the relationship people have with their surrounding environment, whether it be nature or man-made surroundings. In addition to directing documentaries, Mueller is also involved in commercial advertising and teaches screenwriting and filmmaking at Bronx Community College.

more about film

director: Merete Mueller
producer: Merete Mueller
photography: Andrew Hinton
editing: Isidore Bethel
sound design: Udit Duseja
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