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Long Long Ago

On a dreamlike journey through time, a young girl meets three bereaved strangers who help her re-discover joy after the loss of her beloved horse. Beautifully shot at the gateway to Death Valley, this film paints a soulful metaphor for the stages of grief.

Poetic, lyrical, and emotionally honest, Long Long Ago is a film for anyone who has ever faced the final goodbye. Summer’s dad is desperate: after losing her beloved horse, his ten year old daughter doesn’t want to do anything. She won’t play her beloved violin, she ignores the affections of her dog, and she runs away. On her journey she meets three strangers. A pioneer woman, still in denial, tries to make Summer into the image of her deceased child. An old man bargains that he can fix his old Ford Model A no matter how hopeless it seems. Distracted by ever-present visions of her horse, Summer runs from each encounter until she finds a depressed composer who can’t bring himself to play music after a profound loss in his own life. Confronted with his pain, Summer makes a decision: she will play the violin to make him smile, and nothing can stop her, not even haunting memories of her beloved horse. In the end, this selfless act helps Summer let go of her grief and accept the love that still surrounds her.

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Director Biography

Katarzyna Kochany's work has been showcased on every continent except Antarctica: over 35 awards and 150 official selections from USA, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Italy and Kingdom of Swaziland. She has won several Remi Awards at WorldFest Houston, including a Gold Remi for Directing for A Director's Journey: Hurricane McLean.

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