David Ondaatje - Films - June 8
june 8

(written and directed by david ondaatje)

Documentary short about a child's birth on June 8. Filmed as a celebration of emotion over pure form in response to the impersonal glorification of the human form in Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia. 10 minutes. Light and shadow are used to establish the conflict between emotion and pure form. The film evolves from B&W stills to strobe B&W images, B&W film (motion), color stills and finally to color film as the film becomes increasingly personal and emotional. The music evolves from a distant opening piece with a single instrument (cello), to more emotional and vibrant music. Includes the music of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Offenbach, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. The viewer’s perception of time is altered at different stages of the film (too slow, then too fast and then too slow again).

Official Selection

Vancouver International Film Festival (October 3 & 5, 1997)

FICS (Internacional Short Film Festival-Santiago, Chile) (August 1998)


Bronze Plaque Award - Columbus International Film Festival (October 1997)


Filmwaves Magazine