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Holding Space

Rebecca Kenyon
Running Time:11:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
10:15 AM EST
Friday, November 9
Thalian Main
4:15 PM EST
Sunday, November 11
Thalian Black

Producer: Rachael Swindale

An intimate, observational documentary about preparing for death, told through the connection between a dying person and their end of life ‘doula’. By witnessing people on the threshold between life and death, we ask: if you knew that you were dying, how would you prepare to let go?

Screening in: Salak Shorts


Rebecca is a self-shooting director and editor, and founder of mote of dust films, based in London. Whilst making multi award-winning feature documentary Something You Can Call Home she was a founding Artist in Residence at Cucalorus Film Festival where she is now a Programmer and Ambassador. She is also Associate Artist with Upstart, with whom she was Video Director on Phone Home, a collaboration with theatre companies in London, Munich and Athens, live streaming the piece which interacted in real time across three countries, as well as documenting the process. She is currently being mentored by Lindsey Dryden through a Directors UK scheme. Rebecca’s experience ranges from short form factual work for clients such as innovation foundation Nesta, and commissioned life story films with About Me For You, to independent collaborations such as with David Fedele on P.N.G Style which has been broadcast internationally, to being DV Director for ITV documentary series Me and My Guide Dog for Storyvault Films. Her next two short documentaries due for completion are Gallopers which follows the families behind Carters Steam Fair, and an as yet untitled portrait of a retiring traditional boatbuilder in Salcombe, Devon. Rebecca is drawn to making intimate, accessible documentaries which capture a transient moment in someone’s life and explore socially relevant themes which resonate and open conversation.