April Lin

Speculative Documentary
Saturday 18-11 / 20:00


In collaboration with ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, artist-filmmaker April Lin 林森 presents ‘TR333’, a speculative documentary which imagines a new species of tree based on scientific literature on plants and climate hardiness. Their hybrid forms and body parts a patchwork amalgamation of different tree types, this tree is a climate adaptative response, a lifeform born out of resilience and hope. As the spirit inhabiting the tree emerges to converse with the viewer, they share with us their experiences of ecocidal generational trauma, urging us to reflect around the ways all the beings on the planet are deeply interlinked, and to honour our collective responsibility towards one another. Using a blend of 3D animation, found footage, and a musical score based on data sonification, ‘TR333’ uses the speculative to recast the ecological crisis, asking ‘Why is this important?’ from a multispecies and affective gaze.


Commissioned by Sheffield DocFest and supported by Wellcome.
Directed, written, animated, edited, and voiced by April Lin 林森
Developed in dialogue with Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
Music and data sonification: Valeria Radchenko
Audio post production: I. Nakhla
Special thanks:
Alix Smed Dawids
Chantel Foo