Tristan Daws
The day we danced on

The day we danced on the Moon from Tristan Daws on Vimeo.

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“A film that takes us from the side of mental illness with great tact, respect, empathy for people who are filmed. A film challenging our prejudices, showing us how the line between the mentally ill people and the supposedly "normal" is fragile. A film about what connects us to one another. A film that shows how the real and the imaginary are closely entwined.”

Nicolas Philibert, director Être et Avoir

Short documentary - 11 min

On Ireland's rugged West Coast, a reggae band from London make their way to play in an arts festival. Long-term mental health sufferers, they share their tales of psychosis, the wrestling between reality and an imaginary world which can seem all too real. We might all have our day on the moon, but sooner or later we will all come crashing down to earth.

Finalist for the Berlin Today Award 2011

Winner of Shooting People's best film (April 2012) - as judged by Nicholas Philibert



Visions du Réel, Nyon

HotDocs, Toronto


Sheffield Doc/fest

Open City Docs Fest, London

Huesca International Film Festival

Silverdocs, Washington DC

Brief Encounters Film Festival

Uppsala International Short Film Festival

Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival

Licther Film Festival

Go Short Netherlands

Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival

Lock and Roll Film Festival

Jecheon International Music and Film Festival, Seoul

© Tristan Daws 2013