The Girl Who Forgets How to Walk

(16 minutes 30 seconds/16mm/2019)

We never speak of it, but here we know the land can’t be trusted. This film reinterprets a series of poems from the debut book of Cumbrian poet Kate Davis. It tells a personal narrative of contracting polio as a young girl, her subsequent disability and slow process of learning to walk again. The Girl Who Forgets How to Walk is deeply rooted in the ancient limestone topography of south Cumbria as she teaches herself to walk again along its hills and coastlines. The film is about navigating the wild, rocky landscape and the invisible, but ever shifting earth beneath our feet.