About this submission

As a filmmaker living with late-stage Lyme Disease, I made this film to reflect on how my perception of insects has evolved throughout my lifetime. I wanted to better understand myself as well as share my experience having an illness that gradually took over my life.
It just so happens that my particular illness is a result of time spent in nature, close enough to be bitten by it and forever changed.
I shot 16mm film due to its almost tactile quality, and spoke through distinct memories that have shaped my ever-changing understanding of how insects and humans coexist.

Rebecca Penner
Rebecca Miriam Penner is a disabled, queer, and Jewish filmmaker from California. Their recent work stems from their experience with chronic illness in the format of experimental documentary.

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