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

Winner, Guldbagge, Best Sound Design, 2023

Winner,  International Documentary Award, Ethnocineca, 2023

Winner, Best New Vision, International Wildlife Film Festival, 2023

Winner, Audience Award, Pesaro Film Festival, 2022

Special Mention, Green Competition, WATCH DOCS Film Festival, 2022

Nominated, Best Documentary, Vision du Reel, 2022

Nominated, Best Editing, Mirage Film Festival, 2022

Nominated, Best Sound Design, Mirage Film Festival, 2022


Festivals in selection

  • Vision du Reel International Feature Film Competition,  Switzerland 2022
  • Hot Docs, Canada 2022
  • Criterion Bioskop, Netherlands 2022
  • Pesaro Film Festival, Italy 2022
  • MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival, Portugal 2022
  • Documental Ambulante, Mexico 2022
  • Underhill International Film Festival, Montenegro 2022
  • European Film Festival Palić, Serbia 2022
  • DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Korea 2022
  • Another Way Film Festival, Spain 2022
  • Camden International Film Festival, Camden 2022
  • Mirage Film Festival, Norway 2022
  • Arktisen Upeeta, Finland 2022
  • Buffalo International Film Festival, Buffalo 2022
  • Kasseler Dokfest, Germany 2022
  • WATCH Docs International Film Festival, Poland 2022
  • DocPoint Helsinki, Finland 2023
  • Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival, Florida 2023
  • The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), Washington 2023
  • Music & Cinema International Festival Marseille, France 2023
  • DocPoint Tallinn, Estonia 2023
  • International Wildlife Festival, Missoula 2023
  • FICCI Cartagena, Colombia 2023
  • Docudays, Ukraine, 2023
  • Docs Irland, 2023
  • Ethnocineca, Venice, Italy, 2023
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2023
  • 2nd Pianeta Mare Film Festival, Italy, 2023