Tanya Doyle’s documentary Waterlilies to show at AFI DOCS

Marmalade Films’ latest documentary Waterlilies, from director Tanya Doyle, will have its US premiere at the prestigious AFI DOCS, Documentary Film Festival 2015, taking place from June 17th to 21st in Washington D.C.

A celebration of strong women in an ordinary situation, Waterlilies is a meditation on identity and wisdom, exploring the changing role in a woman’s life with seven women in their sixties & seventies as they learn how to swim. Taking themselves out of their comfort zone, they reveal what it is that drives them to keep striving for more, for understanding and for belonging. In this documentary by IFTA nominated Tanya Doyle, the juxtaposition of straight talking poolside anecdotes with visually arresting underwater imagery transforms mere casual observations on growing old into a profound exploration of wisdom and what it means to grow and to change. The experiences and observations of each woman are fused together to reveal the commonality of what it is to be an ordinary woman moving through the phases of life. Learning to swim is often perceived as a small victory but for the women in Waterlilies it is much more than that, it is freedom.


[quote title=”Sarah Bilodeau – Programming Manager, AFI Docs”]In this adorable short Irish lasses in their 60s learn to swim while discussing their marriages, children, interests and what lies in store for them. Swimming creates a strong bond and provides more freedom for these lovely ladies.[/quote]

Already the recipient of the Audience Choice Award at this year’s Dingle International Film Festival Waterlilies saw director Tanya Doyle adopt her characteristic patient and long-term approach to documentary making with the film being produced over a number of years. Shot in Dublin, Waterlilies was written & directed by Tanya Doyle (The House, Bia Dúchais,), produced by Daniel Hegarty (Marmalade Films), with original score for Sam Joseph Delves, cinematography by Colm Hogan and editing by Cara Holmes. Waterlilies was the recipient of an artist grant from Dublin City Council.

The AFI DOCS festival has been hailed as the “Pre-eminent US Documentary Fest” by Screen International, the “premier showcase for documentary films” by The Hollywood Reporter, and “Non-fiction Nirvana” by Variety, AFI Docs (formerly SilverDocs) serves as a launch pad for independent documentaries, and affords international filmmakers access to US audiences.

Screening Times

  • Saturday 20th of June 2015 @ 15am, Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW Washington, DC 20004
  • Sunday 21st of June 2015 @ 00pm, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Centre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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