The Sweet Stench of Sulfur
On the outskirts of Dead Sea, Israel a geological phenomenon is forming called sinkholes which are exponentially ‘swallowing’ man made habitats due to rapid evaporation, climate change and human intervention.
Although dangerous and unpredictable, there is much beauty in these pools of green, orange and blue liquid which resemble Martian landscape and have been a mysterious source for new microbial life in an ecosystem known for its barren characteristics. The voice over is based on an interview conducted with a geologist who was ‘swallowed’ by a sinkhole. Spending hours inside a cavity, he went through psychological extremes from hope to despair.
The film blends documentary, historical essay and fictional elements by merging the resonances of a mythical fable with apocalyptic elements that seem like fragments of dreams and hallucinations. It invites us to examine human interaction with nature and the way in which nature reclaims itself through powerful natural disasters.