Director Chezik Tsunoda‘s DROWNING IN SILENCE is a hard film to review. It has nothing to do with quality, rather it is entirely to do with what the film is, which is a look at the dangerous of backyard pools, and all large bodies of water and children. Walking a fine line between a gentle public service announcement and biography of people affected by tragedy, the film is trying to do many things all at once. It does them extremely well but at the same time the film is so much it’s own thing that it is hard to discuss it without making it sound something it’s not.
What this is is a bracing and moving look at why we need to watch our kids around water and why we need to teach them to swim so they won’t get into trouble. The film quietly makes it’s point by showing up what happens when we don’t take care of our kids. The film also makes clear that minority kids are dying at a higher rate. It’s not preachy, it just lays everything out in the words of those effected by tragedy in one way or another as if it were talking to a friend.
This is a film of quiet power. Its a film that creeps up on you and moves to want to take action. Its a film I wasn't sure of at the start but a film that had moved me by the end. Recommended.