Light Attaching to a Girl

Suffocated by an overbearing father and two older sisters who soak up any attention that comes their way, Clare is desperate to escape. She plans a trip to Iceland by herself where she can experience nature, and make her own decisions for the first time in her life. Light Attaching to a Girl poetically drifts between the interior and exterior life of an adolescent, as she reckons with haunting memories of her childhood even as she takes her first steps into adulthood.

  • Laina Barakat
    Director
    Glowworm, Somewhere In July, Things We Say, B Movie, Cat Tale, Popo, Waiting Room
  • Laina Barakat
    Writer
    Glowworm, Somewhere In July, Things We Say, B Movie, Cat Tale, Popo, Waiting Room
  • Laina Barakat
    Producer
    More Art Upstairs, Only Daughter
  • Jennifer Latham
    Producer
    Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, Two Towns of Jasper, Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
  • Karlina Lyons
    Producer
    Only Daughter, The Heroin Effect, Sesame Street
  • Clare Barakat
    Key Cast
    "Clare"
  • Emma Barakat
    Key Cast
    "Nikki"
    Glowworm
  • Reanna Barakat
    Key Cast
    "Babs"
  • Michael Barakat
    Key Cast
    "Dad"
  • Jake Hull
    Score
    Trans in Trumpland, I Dream of Dance, Elijah and the Rock Creature
  • Budapest Scoring
    Score
    Parasite, Squid Games
  • Charles Francis Kinnane III
    Cinematography
    Home Team
  • Dan Kinnane
    Cinematography
    Home Team
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    28,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Iceland, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • RiverRun International Film Festival
    Winston-Salem, NC
    United States
    April 30, 2022
    World Premier
  • New Filmmakers New York
    New York
    United States
    May 17, 2022
  • Middlebury New Filmmakers
    Middlebury, VT
    United States
    August 27, 2022
  • Beaufort Film Festival
    Beaufort
    United States
    October 22, 2022
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando
    United States
    October 28, 2022
  • Portland Film Festival
    Portland, OG
    United States
    October 18, 2022
  • New Hampshire Film Festival
    Portsmouth, NH
    October 8, 2022
  • New Faces New Voices
    New York
    September 23, 2022
  • Art Film Awards

    Best Cinematography
Director Biography - Laina Barakat

Laina Barakat is an independent film writer/director/producer, and founder of Wayward Ark Productions. Her film career began with Either/Or Films on their well received feature, The Sensation of Sight (starring David Strathairn, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Adams and Ann Cusack), and where she produced films for nearly a decade. Her film Only Daughter premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and picked up awards across the country including the Audience Choice Award at New York No Limits, and NH Film of the Year at New Hampshire Film Festival. While working with Kingston Road Pictures, Laina Associate and Line-Produced the documentary More Art Upstairs which premiered at Hot Docs in 2017 and won Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival. In 2016 she started Wayward Ark Productions, and since then has written, directed, and produced seven award winning short films.

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Director Statement

This is a film made by women, to push boundaries of concept and format, and let documentary and experimental film styles seep into the boundaries of a narrative feature. To make a film where we live, about the experiences we share. To nurture and support Laina’s vision as a director.

Our film captures that fleeting moment when a girl becomes a young woman - from a first crush, first independent trip, and how much we need home but yearn to leave. None of us escaped the awkward phases of growing up, or knew exactly who to be and how to figure things out. Neither does Clare.