FIELD RECORDINGS

explorations of
contemporary
anthropological cinema
and landscape film

From Hetty To Nancy

Deborah Stratman
1997, 44’, Iceland/USA, 16mm to DV, Icelandic with English subtitles

The stoic beauty the Icelandic landscape forms a backdrop for a series of witty and caustic letters written at the turn of the century by a woman named Hetty as she treks with her companion Masie, four school girls and their school marm. The film juxtaposes Hetty’s ironic cataloguing of the petty social interactions of her companions as they endure discomfort and boredom with historic accounts of catastrophes that reveal the Icelandic people subject to the awesome forces of nature.