The Girl Who Forgets How To Walk
+ in conversation with Poet Kate Davis

A large boulder encrusted with lichen and moss, superimposed with an image of two bare feet in a walking motion, as if they are leaving footprints over the boulder.

Subtitles for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers available

‘We never speak of it, but here we know the land can’t be trusted.’ The Girl Who Forgets How To Walk reinterprets a series of poems from the debut book of Cumbrian poet Kate Davis. It tells a personal narrative of contracting polio as a young girl, her subsequent disability and slow process of learning to walk again.

The Girl Who Forgets How To Walk
Dir. Julia Parks
2019, UK, 16mins
English + SDH


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The Girl Who Forgets How To Walk (2019)

Julia parks and Kate Davis in conversation (Cample Line, 3 February 2024)

Julia Parks is an artist filmmaker exploring the different relationships between landscapes, plants, people and industry. She works with experimental documentary forms often using 16mm film, archival footage, poetry and song. 

In 2022 she took part in a 6-month residency with Alchemy Film & Arts in Hawick as part of their The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil programme. The four films she made premiered at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in April 2023 & screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival & Brazier International Film Festival in summer/autumn 2023. 

Julia grew up and lived for most of her life in West Cumbria. She is currently based between West Cumbria & Hawick in the Scottish Borders. 

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI