Across still water

13 minutes

As a young man’s sight fails him, friendship and night fishing help to keep his bearings

For years, John’s world has been getting darker. He’s 32 years old and is losing his sight to retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a rare genetic condition that has forced him to quit his job as a driver in London and increasingly limits his freedom of movement. Across Still Water, a short documentary by the UK director Ruth Grimberg, finds John at a crossroads: should he train to use a cane, or get a guide dog, and lose his Jack Russell terrier? As he struggles to accept his deteriorating condition, night fishing trips with a friend are the only thing that bring him a sense of peace. Constructed with care and patience, Grimberg’s film is a compassionate reflection on the quiet depth of friendship and the experience of preparing for a future without sight.

Via Short of the Week.

Director: Ruth Grimberg

Producer: Claire Levy

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