TENDING TOXICITY (2022)
11.18 minutes / Daniel Schulz & Otis Filley with sound design from Damien Sutton
Tending Toxicity is a two channel film documenting compulsive acts of care in response to the ecological collapse of the Darling-Baaka river. Ecosystems decimated by violence are biophysically, socially, spiritually, and culturally toxic, leaving communities with little option but to adapt to this toxicity through a process of tenderness.
During the worst drought in living memory, Daniel Schulz and Otis Filley documented the struggle of human and animal communities which depend on the river for life. For three months they walked the river daily and followed the efforts of fish rescue volunteers as they relocated Murray Cod to preserve the endangered fish from toxic refuge pools.