The astounding talent of Alma Har’el

For those of you who enjoyed Alma Har’el’s video for Sigur Ros as much as I did, it’s well worth checking out her 2011 documentary ‘Bombay Beach’. Accompanied by a compelling soundtrack, it follows the story of three protagonists in one of the poorest communities in California, documenting their surreal existence in the barren, dusty landscape. You find yourself lulled into a weird hypnotic state by the meandering narrative and shooting style that adds to the overall dream-like effect, though the strangest thing is that it isn’t a dream; this is real 21st century Bombay Beach.

Watch the trailer below and access the full documentary via


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