Petrichor explores the analogy between the degradation of nature and the experience of helplessness as part of human consciousness. Heavily inspired by experimental documentaries and ethnographic films, I focused on combining images of locations and objects that have been discarded and disregarded with the stories and memories of incarcerated women. The sound design, which incorporates not only the voices of the women but also archibal voicemails and recordings, completes the impression of a removed and haunting filmic reality that encapsulates the notions of loss and hope.


Mireille Heidbreder

Mireille is currently a first year MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. With a concentration in Photography and Film, Mireille has worked on and created several short digital, 16mm print, and hand-drawn animation films. She is most interested in and passionate about experimental and ethnographic films, as well as mixed medium work. When not working on personal and university projects, Mireille does freelance cinematography and editing as well as teaches for several non-profit organizations. Mireille is currently located in Richmond, Virginia and received her BA in Film & Media Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2019.