All of Our Heartbeats Are Connected Through Exploding Stars

Jennifer Rainsford (2022)

With the 2011 Tsunami as a backdrop, ALL OF OUR HEARTBEATS ARE CONNECTED THROUGH EXPLODING STARS is a staggering odyssey told as an essay on grief, and on how humans and nature rebuild after trauma. It moves from the shores of Japan where Sachiko, Yasu and Satoko try to find ways to accept their loss; via rarely seen places thousands of meters below the sea level where new life-forms thrive; to one of the Hawaiian islands where a group of volunteers gather to clean a beach from Japanese tsunami debris floating in from the Ocean.


Info & Credits

Jennifer Rainsford
Michael Krotkiewski
Mirjam Gelhorn
David Herdies
Director of Photography
Karolina Pajak, Iga Mikler, Wojtek Sulezycki,
Camille Cotte, Amalie Westerlin Tjellesen
Teho Teardo
Sound Designer
Ted Krotkiewski
Re-recording Mixer
Robert Hefter
Michael Cavanagh
Nils Fridén
In co-production with
Film in Skåne, WHAP
In association with
Chicken and Egg Pictures, Point Du Jour – Les Films Du Balibari
With Support From
The Swedish Film Institute, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Film Stockholm, Kulturbryggan, Helge Ax:son Johson Foundation, Sweden Japan Foundation, The Scandinavia – Japan Sasakawa foundation, Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program
Developed with the support of
The Creative Europe Programme – Media of The European Union

77 min – HD, Color

Awards and nominations

Nominated, best documentary, Vision du Reel, 2022

Winner, audience award Pesaro Film Festiva, 2022

Nominatied, best editing, Mirage Film Festival, 2022

Nominated, best sound design, Mirage Film Festival, 2022

Special Mention, Green Competition, Watch Docs Film Festival, 2022

Festivals in selection

Vision du reel International Feature Film Competition
Hot Docs
Documental Ambulante
Pesaro Film Festival
MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival
Camden IFF
Another Way Festival
Buffalo int ff
European Film Festival Palić
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival

Mirage FF

Criterion Bioskop Netherlands 2022

Underhill International Film Festival 2022,

Kasseler Dokfest 2022

DocPoint, Helsinki, 2023

Music & Cinema International Festival, Marseille, 2023