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32 Sounds

Sam Green 2023

An immersive documentary and profound sensory experience from Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground, A Thousand Thoughts), with original music by JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN).
The film explores the elemental phenomenon of sound by weaving together 32 specific sound explorations into a cinematic meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. Take a journey through time and space exploring forgotten childhood memories, the soundtrack of resistance, subaquatic symphonies and experience the astonishing sounds of our everyday lives.
32 Sounds investigates the mysterious nature of perception and the subtle yet radical politics that arise from sensation and being present in one’s body.


  • Rolling Stone
    ‘32 Sounds’ Is the Greatest Documentary You’ve Ever Heard
    “one of the most blissful moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had… playful and profound… It’s the greatest documentary you’ve ever heard.”
    David Fear
  • Variety
    Sam Green Crafts a Documentary the Likes of Which You’ve Never Heard Before
    “Bursting with humor, emotion and curiosity, ’32 Sounds’ is a uniquely mind-expanding plunge into a dimension of the human experience so many of us take for granted, a rare and rewarding sonic journey with the potential to enrich our lives.”
    Peter Debruge
  • New York Times
    ’32 Sounds,’ a Film Performed Live, Probes the Power of Listening
    A “relentlessly curious documentary” with “lingering gravitas.” “With the narrator and musicians seated in front of the movie screen, proudly displaying their processes, the effect is as though one has unscrewed the top of a traditional documentary to expose its busily whirring component parts.”
    Lindsay Zoladz
  • VOX
    15 documentaries you can’t miss – The most exciting nonfiction from this year’s Sundance
    ”…a delightful, joyous film that changes the way you look at — or maybe listen to — the world.”
    Alissa Wilkinson
  • Indiewire
    ”’32 Sounds’ would work wonders in a theatrical context, especially given that it includes a five-minute dance break. A savvy distributor would recognize this very special cinematic achievement as a celebration of the theatrical experience’s unique appeal, and it would be an excellent reason for people to return to it after a long break.”
    Eric Kohn
  • Seventh Row
    “The best films of Sundance 2022” (32 Sounds is Ranked #1)
    ”This is creative nonfiction at its finest that will make you think differently about how you hear the world.”
    Alex Heeney and Orla Smith
  • Film Threat
    ”…a glorious pastiche… a magnificent work.”
    Benjamin Franz
  • Moveable Fest
    Sam Green’s ’32 Sounds’ Enters the Heart Through the Ears”
    ”arousing all the senses”
    Stephen Saito
  • Sierra Magazine
    “The Best (and the Weirdest) Nature Films From Sundance”
    ”…more like a celebration of nature and being in the world than most self-proclaimed nature films.”
    Heather Smith

Festival Participation

  • Academy Awards - 2024
    Shortlist for Oscar in Best Documentary Feature
  • Sundance Film Festival - 2022
    World Premiere
  • SXSW Film Festival - 2022
    Audience Awards Nominee
  • SFFILM Festival (Castro Theater) - 2022
  • Oak Cliff Film Festival - 2022
  • Maine International Film Festival - 2022
  • Martha's Vineyard Film Festival - 2022
  • Edinburgh Film Festival - 2022
  • Noordezon Festival, the Netherlands - 2022
  • AFI Fest, Los Angeles - 2022
  • Big Ears Festival - 2023
  • Milwaukee Film Festival - 2023
  • Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw - 2023

Additional Materials

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