2016 / 63 minutes

Directed by
Anna Grimshaw
Country of production
United States

Every day, carrying the simplest of tools, diggers across coastal Maine set out at low tide to dig for clams on the wide mud flats that stretch far into the bay. It is backbreaking work. But it has an unusual beauty that emanates from the ebb and flow of the tide, the shifts of light and wind, the skill and rhythm of digging, and the sound and texture of deep, viscous mud. At Low Tide explores the choreography of digging through a portrait of a man who lives and works according to the tide. In its focus on pattern, movement and repetition, the film evokes the sensory richness and poetic dimensions of clam digging, offering a new perspective on contemporary American culture.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest
Language and subtitles
English with English Subtitles
Location(s) depicted
North America
United States
Material Culture Labour Hunting / Gathering / Fishing

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