April 5, 2018


When death haunts a high school in a small town in the late 1990s, everyone is forever transformed. In this gentle, prismatic film, Samara returns to the town she fled as a teen to re-immerse herself in the memories still lurking there, in its spaces and within the dusty boxes of diaries, photos and VHS tapes. 1999 is not a ghost story, but the ghosts are palpable at every turn. The snow-covered streets, the school’s hallways and lockers are preserved as in a dream. The absences left by the relentless teenage suicides still shimmer with questions, trauma and regret. Samara encounters people who are as breathtaking as they are heartbroken, and, finally, 16 years later, the community strengthens itself by sharing the long-silenced memories. Ultimately the film weaves together multiple voices in a collective essay on how grief is internalized—and how, as children, we so painfully learn to articulate our desire to stay alive.

Written & Directed by
Samara Grace Chadwick

Edited by
Terra Jean Long

Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Samara Grace Chadwick

Sound Recordist & Grip
Simon Doucet

Original Composition
Cyril Hahn

Music Production
Gabriel Malenfant
Vivianne Roy

Music Supervisor
Adèle Ho

Sound Design
Marie-Pierre Grenier

1999 Archival Camera
Mélanie Chiasson

Narrated by
Samara Grace Chadwick

Sarah Spring (Parabola Films)
Selin Murat (Parabola Films)
Aline Schmid (Beauvoir Films)
Kat Baulu (NFB)
Jac Gautreau(NFB)

Executive Producers
Annette Clarke (NFB)
Dominic Desjardins (NFB)

A Parabola Films production in coproduction with Beauvoir Films and The National Film Board of Canada


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