Oírse is David Arratibel’s directorial debut, a fascinating 2013 documentary feature which won prizes at the Alcances Film Festival and Cine Novísimo Film Festival.
Through the experiences of the film’s three protagonists, The sound inside talks of tinnitus, a problem as old as humanity itself, which the Egyptians defined as evil enchanted ear and Greco-Roman civilization associated with brain or depressive disorders.
One day, Albaro began hearing a noise, a kind of beep that his ear perceived but that did not correspond to any external stimulus. That sound never left him and Albaro needed to know what the source of those noises was. So, he found two other people with the same problem: Gotzone and Elena also started hearing sounds that have never left them. People who hear sounds for which they seek existential explanations and for whom the way they avoid them is, paradoxically, through noise.
The musician John Cage (the man who “composed silence”) was obsessed with silence and visited an anechoic chamber (a chamber that absorbs sound) to experience total silence. Once inside, he said that he did heard noises, a high-pitched and a low-pitched one. Experts explained that one of those sounds was the electricity produced in the nervous system, and the other was the sound of blood flowing through his veins. As a result of this experience, John Cage concluded that silence is not acoustic, but it is only the abandonment of the intention to hear.
The documentary analyses, through the experience of the three characters, the phenomenon of tinnitus, the fight against noise and society’s fear of silence, the door to the inner world.