Live-edited experimental documentary? Movement across species and national boundaries? The spiritual aspects of sound? All of these, and more, will intersect in an evening of ritual, cultural identity, and migration like nothing we've ever attempted in the first 10 years of the Imagine Science Film Festival. A truly hybrid program, the night will mix film, performance and music.
Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon, 2017, France / Brazil)
The evening culminates by moving from the jungles of Puerto Rico, to the Brazillian rainforest for Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon's multifaceted new project Híbridos.
This trans-cinema project is an experimental-ethnographic study of current day spiritual cults in Brazil, mixing tradition and modernity. The in-depth research has driven the artists to collect audiovisual recordings over 60 different ceremonies all around the country for the past 3 years. From the afro-brazilian cults of Candomblé in Bahia to the new forms of Umbanda in Minas Gerais, from the biggest catholic manifestation in the world in Belém do Pará to new uses of entheogens in São Paulo, from indigenous ancestral rituals in Acre to the rise of the evangelical cults in Rio de Janeiro, the audiovisual collection showcases an incredible array of cultural diversity and constantly evolving ritualistic forms. The project is as well a research into the forms of cinema today, and how to 'represent the invisible'. With a visual language combining long shots of intense musical sequences and a contemplative point of view of the world, the aim is to create an immersion for the viewer, as a personal journey towards the poetry of humankind and the mystic rhythms of syncretism, revealing the deepest expressions of the Brazilian soul.