As Above, So Below

Description: As Above, So Below is a cinematic meditation on alchemy, mortality and trash. A woman in Philadelphia has her husband’s ashes converted into a memorial diamond. At a Belgian recycling plant, precious metals are extracted from discarded electronics. What was once the world’s largest landfill – now also the resting place of the World Trade Center’s remains – is being transformed into a public park. The film intimately examines these transmutations, both microscopic and massive, that reshape matter and its meanings. What separates the permanent from the impermanent, the things we discard from those we preserve?

Director: Rob Yeo & Sarah J. Christman
Year: 2012
Length: 65 minutes
Country: USA