22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

It's Only Life After All

United States, 2023: 123 minutes: Alberta Premiere
Archives 2023
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Nov 22 6:30 PM Buy


Opening Night Film!

Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk rock duo. 

With four decades of making music as the iconic folk-rock band Indigo Girls, Amy and Emily have made their mark as musicians, songwriters, and dedicated activists. They have represented radical self-acceptance to many – leading now multiple generations of fans to say, “the Indigo Girls saved my life.” Still, Amy and Emily battled misogyny, homophobia, and a harsh cultural climate chastising them for not fitting into a female pop star mold.

With joy, humour, and heart-warming moments, Sundance award-winning director Alexandria Bombach brings us into a contemporary conversation with Amy and Emily – alongside decades of the band's home movies and intimate present-day verité. The documentary offers a timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of the Indigo Girls.

Sundance Film Festival 2023
Hot Docs Festival 2023
Seattle International Film Festival 2023
SXSW 2023
Cleveland International Film Festival 2023
Nashville Film Festival 2023

Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and director from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her feature-length documentary, FRAME BY FRAME (2015) premiered at SXSW and went on to win over 25 film festival awards. Her feature documentary ON HER SHOULDERS, following Yazidi activist and Nobel laureate Nadia Murad, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival — where Bombach won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award — and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and shortlisted for an Academy Award. IT'S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL is her latest feature film.

press for It's Only Life After All

"The rare confessional rockumentary that envelops you like a soft blanket."
- Hollywood Reporter
"IT'S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL should be a joy for Indigo Girls fans, and after watching this documentary, it’ll be hard to not call yourself a fan if you aren't already."
- Collider


Documentary / Music / Biography / LGBTQ+ / Woman Director

123 minutes


Alexandria Bombach

Alexandria Bombach
Kathlyn Horan
Jess Devaney
Anya Rous

Amy Ray
Emily Saliers

Erick Stoll
J Bennett

Director of Photography
Alexandria Bombach

Alexandria Bombach



WINNER: Audience Award: Best Documentary Feature

Winner Audience Choice Award Best Documentary Feature, Sidewalk Film Festival 2023

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