The Darkness of Day

The Darkness of Day

Jay Rosenblatt, USA, 2009DigiBeta, Colour/B&W, 26'

The Darkness of Day is a haunting meditation on suicide. It is comprised entirely of found 16mm footage that had been discarded. The sadness, the isolation, and the desire to escape are recorded on film in various contexts. Voice-over readings from the journal, kept by a brother of the filmmaker’s friend who committed suicide in 1990 intermix with a range of compelling stories, from the poignant double suicide of an elderly American couple to a Japanese teenager who jumped into a volcano, spawning over a thousand imitations. While this is a serious exploration of a cultural taboo, its lyrical qualities invite the viewer to approach the subject with understanding and compassion.

01 August, Shtëpia e Kulturës, 16:00

07 August, Shtëpia e Kulturës, 16:00

International Documentary Competition

Director: Jay Rosenblatt
Producer: Jay Rosenblatt
Cinematographer: Kacper Lisowski
Editor: Jay Rosenblatt
Sound: Erik Ian Walker

Director's Biography

An internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over twenty-five films. His work explores our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary – Tampere Film Festival, Finland. Best Short Documentary – It's All True Documentary Festival, Brazil. Best Short Documentary – Play Doc Film Festival, Spain. Best Experimental Film – USA Film Festival. Special Mention – Punto De Vista, Spain. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). True/False Documentary Film Festival. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. San Francisco International Film Festival. IndieLisboa. Zagreb Dox


Jay Rosenblatt Film Library
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P.O. Box 1084
Harriman, NY 10926

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