Jelena's Song

  • Canada
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Like memory itself, the film gathers fragments of images, freeze frames, faded family photographs and youthful photo-booth self-portraits, journals, poetry, an evocative sound design and the simple honesty of Jelena’s voice into a lyrical tapestry that reconstructs her past and re-imagines her future.

Jelena’s intelligence and courage permeate this film. As she unearths a rich family history, memories of a period of childhood trauma become only one thread of a complex and loving childhood. Her search for self-awareness spans continents, cultures and generations, and as she recovers the meanings behind family traditions, she learns the value – the ordinary magic – that lies at the heart of everyday rituals. In doing so, she tells a powerful story about her psychological journey to liberate her own creativity and raises profound questions about the multiple meanings of memory, photography and identity.


  • Original Title
    Jelena's Song
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Pablo Alvarez Mesa
  • Cinematography
    Pablo Alvarez Mesa
  • Editing
    Pablo Alvarez Mesa
  • Sound
    Adrian Underhill
  • Runtime
    28 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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