As Long As There's Breath
Following the acclaimed documentaries KALE AND KALE and MONSOON REFLECTIONS, AS LONG AS THERE'S BREATH is Stephanie Spray's third film documenting the lives of the Gayeks family in Nepal. Building on a deep bond of trust and filming their most private moments, Spray captures a family struggling for cohesion after a beloved son leaves to find work in India. Taking its title from a common Nepali aphorism, "As long as there's breath, there's hope," the film patiently observes the Gayeks daily rituals; as they prepare for a long day's work in the fields, share meals together, harvest crops and rest. In one remarkable scene, three generations of women from this family gather in the shade to candidly discuss issues of sexuality and marital life. Using magnificent long takes and employing an intimacy that few filmmakers can achieve (Spray was eventually adopted by the Gayeks family), AS LONG AS THERE'S BREATH connects the psychological effects of a loved one's absence to the most mundane yet essential acts of work, laying bare the family's innermost fears and hopes.