DIVE: Rituals in Water

DIVE: Rituals in Water

Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir
Iceland
2019
73 minutes

For the past 25 years, Snorri Magnusson has operated an infant swim class pushing the boundaries of what we believe tiny humans are capable of. His sundrenched circular pool in the snowy Icelandic mountains serves as a sanctuary for new life, and in the crystalline water he challenges conventions, dunking babies like they are seals and precariously balancing them in his palm. Snorri believes no child is too young to swim, his cheerful magnetism helping to coax infants off a diving board with ease, much to their parents’ disbelief.

A long-ago drowning incident in Snorri’s town turned the locals into avid swimmers. Determined to deter such a tragedy from happening again, the town invested in a public swimming pool in the hope that its residents would learn how to swim. More than just a swim class, Snorri offers a sense of connection and community for new families navigating the beginnings of parenthood. This meditative contemplation of the first stages of human life produces a profound analysis of pregnancy, birth, and physical touch, and examines our most basic human needs. The soothing vibrational soundscape and lush underwater cinematography bring us back to the womb. Full of tenderness, nurturing, and lots of cute babies, DIVE: Rituals in Water is a must see. -MJ