Symphonic Distress (2022)



The music came first: a mixed contemporary piece by composer Yuliya

Zakharava, in which instrumentalist Pamela Reimer plays a piano score,

while also triggering prerecorded sequences and incorporating vocal

and percussive elements. Asked to provide a visual component for the

work, I was struck and conquered by its intensity and beauty from the

very first listen. Although both the music and the film are in themselves

apolitical and stateless, the wish to collaborate and the urgent impulse

to express ourselves through art have been exacerbated by the outbreak

of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. The intention, therefore, while avoiding

any direct reference to war, is to tacitly evoke certain universal emotions

born out of its consequences: fear, suffering, outrage, vulnerability,

abnegation, hope.



Experimental short film / Music video • Runtime: 10:04 • 4K Video

Color / Black and white • Aspect ratio: 1,33:1 • Language: Silent film



Screenwriting, directing, photography, editing, production:

Marco Joubert

Composer: Yuliya Zakharava

Piano, voice, percussions: Pamela Reimer

Interpretation: Marie Tifo

Puppeteer: Alexandra Gorlin-Crenshaw

Extras / Hands: Marco Joubert, Pamela Reimer

Animals: Camouflage, Clara, Cosmos

With support from:


Marco Joubert | Filmmaker + cinegrapher





Winner: Best Music Video, Aasha International Film Festival, Nashik, India, 2023

Winner: Best Experimental Film, Cinema Cappuccino, Jaipur, India, 2023

Winner: Best Music Video, Ciudad del Este Independent Film Festival, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, 2023

Winner: Best Experimental Short Film, RIFFA - Regina Int. Film Festival and Awards, Regina, Canada, 2023

Winner: Best Experimental Short, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Winner: Best Editing, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Nominee: Best Experimental, Busan New Wave Short Film Festival, Busan, South Korea, 2023

Nominee: Best Music Video, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Nominee: Best Original Idea, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Nominee: Best Music, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Official Selection + Honorable Mention, Festival de Sorocaba, Sorocaba, Brazil, 2023

Official Selection, Anti-War International Independent Film Festival, Jõhvi, Estonia, 2023

Official Selection, Astana International Short Film Festival, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023

Official Selection, Athens International Digital Film Festival, Athens, Greece, 2023

Official Selection, Black Cat Award International Film Festival, La Paz, Bolivia, 2023

Official Selection, Cut International Short Film Festival, Millville, United States, 2023

Official Selection, Ekurhuleni International Film Festival, Germiston, South Africa, 2023

Official Selection, Encuentro para Cinéfagos - Fest. de CineArte en la Frontera, San Cristóbal, Venezuela, 2023

Official Selection, Festival Fotogenia, Mexico City, Mexico, 2023

Official Selection, Festival Internacional de Cine Austral, Córdoba, Argentina, 2023

Official Selection, Ícaro Festival Internacional de Cine en Centroamérica, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2023

Official Selection, Indefilm Fest Le Havre, Le Havre, France, 2023

Official Selection, La Fábrica - Festival de Cine de Tocancipá, Tocancipá, Colombia, 2023

Official Selection, MARFEST - Matanza Reel Festival, La Matanza, Argentina, 2023

Official Selection, On Art Dance & Music, Warsaw, Poland, 2023

Official Selection, The Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Film, Tallinn, Estonia, 2023

Official Selection, UNTHINKABLE, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom, 2023

Semi-finalist, International Moving Film Festival, Abadan, Iran, 2023






Studio New Star Art Cinema, Athens, Greece, 12/2023

Barco Utopía, Mexico City, Mexico, 12/2023

Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias - Salón Dorado, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 11/2023

Arsenal Cinema, Astana, Kazakhstan, 11/2023

Cinéma Le Studio, Le Havre, France, 11/2023

Whitefriargate, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom, 10/2023

Fundación Cultural Bordes, San Cristóbal, Venezuela, 10/2023

Levoy Theatre, Millville, United States, 09/2023

Teatro Municipal Ciudad del Este, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, 09/2023

Anant Bajaj Limitless Ideas Hub, Jaipur, India, 08/2023

Jõhvi Kinomaja, Jõhvi, Estonia, 08/2023

Chono Lulu Bistro & Bar, Park Pięciu Sióstr, Warsaw, Poland, 08/2023

Shu-Box Theater - University of Regina, Regina, Canada, 08/2023


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