The Forest in Me

The Forest in Me

26th TIDF: World Premiere

Epic forests of the Siberian Taiga and black lava landscapes of a Hawaiian volcano are woven through this quietly powerful film that opens out from a personal story about living with uncertainty. In an intimate letter to her young child, the filmmaker builds connections between Agafya Lykova, an elderly woman surviving alone in the Siberian forest since her birth, who scares bears away by banging on space-rocket debris, a crew in Hawaii simulating what isolated life could be on Mars and her young child discovering the world minute by minute. This endlessly surprising journey offers up images that shake ideas of the past, present and future to form a deeply tender vision of humanity and timeless survival on planet Earth. Xylouris White provides a haunting, original score.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Rebecca E. Marshall
Script: Rebecca E. Marshall
Cinematography: Sarah Cunningham
Editing: Rebecca E. Marshall
Sound: Rebecca E. Marshall, Simon Keep, Chu-Li Shewring
Music: Xylouris White
Production: Dear Future Films
Producers: Rebecca E. Marshall
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: UK
Production Year: 2024
Duration: 68'
Contact: Dear Future Films

Assistant director: Elena Andreicheva

Rebecca E. Marshall


2007 Mortar (short)
2009 The Downfall of Mightyman (short fiction)
2010 Bee Fever (short)
2014 Longplayer (short)
2024 The Forest in Me