Original Title

Above 592 Metres


What life chances are left when a territory is completely altered? On the slopes of the Navarrese Pyrenees, the construction of the Itoiz dam in the 1990s flooded seven towns and three nature reserves. A strip of bare land at the height of elevation 592 today marks a dividing line in the landscape of the valley. Below the level, the water; Above, life goes on.
This short film tracks the lives of Ilargi, a shepherd, and Javier, a forest keeper, in their daily works “above” 592 metres with cattle and birds of prey. The animals that gaze and sleep near the reservoir bring them to the shore. Memories of the flooded land emerge. Their lives deeply intertwine with others species lives and the interspecies alliances are vital for the disturbed landscape’s modern-day flourishing.

Technical Details

Released at Visions Du Reel 2018
Direction: Maddi Barber
Language: Spanish, Basque
Subtitles: English
Running Time: 25′