“Sculpting the Spirits” is a journey off the West coast of Africa exploring how the magical world of the Bijagós people is threatened by the generational changes happening in their society.
The strange and close relationship that the Bijagós have with spirits and nature defines the matrilineal structure of their society and informs every decision taken by the community. However modernity and Christianity are now spreading across the islands, developing new needs based on money, luring young people away from their traditions.
Banca, a famous sculptor of spirits, feeling tired, old and worried for the future of a culture in profound transformation, does his last sculpture instructing his son in the hope he will take over.
Guided by a storyteller and our characters’ voice “Sculpting the Spirits” is not only a journey exploring how Bijagós women have special powers to embody spirits while men can only sculpt them but is also the link between spiritual beliefs and the survival of a community.
After graduating in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, she started her film career with Steel Bank Films (1982), a Channel 4 film workshop based in Sheffield. She is an experienced director, producer & exec producer on the international scene, having worked on numerous documentaries for broadcast (Ch 4, BBC, Arte, ZDF, YLE, SVT, RTP, RTBF,RAI…) and theatrical release. She set up Scottish Documentary Institute in 2003 and over the years devised several talent ladder award winning schemes: Bridging the Gap, This is Scotland, Stories. She serves on juries and panels at festivals and runs workshops in Africa and Levant region.
2002, she co-produced Fellini, I’m a Born Liar (France), nominated for Best European Documentary; 2007 State of the World (Portugal), an omnibus film directed by various filmmakers including Apichatpong, Chantal Akerman and Wang Bing, which premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and most recently she exec produces most feature films going through SDI productions (Time Trial /Syrian Stories / Donkeyote /Libya in Motion/Where we are meant to be /Seven Songs / Norfolk / I Am Breathing …) working with wide range of emerging and established talent.
Luís Correia was the co-founder of the AporDOC association, director of the “International Encounters of Documentary Cinema – Amascultura”, of the “CineCiência” Festival, and founder of the DOCLISBOA Festival.
He is a member of the EDN – European Documentary Network and since 2001 participates in the steering committee of the European program EURODOC.
In recent years he has developed several co-production and cooperation projects in Africa, including the AfricaDOC training program, aimed at young filmmakers from the PALOP countries.
Lx Filmes was founded by Luís Correia in January 2000 and since then has produced dozens of films screened and awarded internationally.
When I decided to go live with Annie Garby to film a documentary about free dance, I already Knew the type of trip that was in store for me. 92 years and a lifetime of dedication. How not to imagine that past and present were going to interconnected by dance, nature and music.Isadora Duncan, Francois Malkovsky, Alexandre Bodak. Annie Garby, the same spirit has been passed on, so that today, we can go from being witnesses to protagonists.
Throughout her professional career as a copywriter in different agencies in Spain and Portugal, she has always done audiovisual works since the creation of the idea, until, in 2015, when she was already a free dance teacher, she decided to unite her two passions and make a documentary by her teacher Annie Garbie. It is the first time that it passes from the script to the realization. From dance to the image. With a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, she combines her profession as a creative writer in Lisbon and her vocation with dance. Folklore Charro, Flamenco, Modern, until 2008, when through his brother Orestes, she comes to the Free Dance. Currently working in an advertising agency, he teaches free dance and is discovering her new talent as a filmmaker after finishing her first documentary: Ecoute, an experience with Annie Garby and free dance (2017).
When was the last time you turned off the phone for ten days?” From this question arises the project: the director Lucio Laugelli tells in an experiment the daily life of four boys (normally hyper-connected) isolated in the mountains without a smartphone and connection.
Born in Alessandria, in 1987.He graduated from DAMS of Bologna and then specialized to IULM. He founded and coordinates an online magazine and homonym cultural association, Paper Street. Since 2009 runs audiovisual. Since 2010 is a freelance journalist. His works have been published by Rai, Corriere TV, Panorama, Wired, GQ, Rolling Stone, Mymovies, La Stampa Tv, Film Tv, Tgcom24, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Gazzetta Tv, RepubblicaTV, Roxy Bar TV, Movieplayer, Film UP, Rockit.
“…The dead souls enter into homes at midnight, passing around the laden tables, departing afterwards satiated only by the aroma of the food. If, instead no dish has been prepared the dead leave accompanied by heavy sighing…”
It is still alive in Sardinia the ancient habit of leaving served on the table, on the night between 1st and 2nd November, a supper for their own dead, consisting of a full meal characterized by sos macarrones de sos mortos (the macaroni of the dead).
Filmed in Orune, in central Sardinia, this documentary – with an observational approach – describes the preparation of the banquet and some connected rituals.
Born in 1960 in Alghero (Sardinia – Italy), he lives and works in Nuoro (Sardinia). He learnt about documentary production at the Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico, where he was worked since 1987. He is responsible for the audiovisual activities of the institute. His first directing experience was in 1996 with the documentary Giorni di Lollove (Days of Lollove), wich focused on the daily life and festive occasions of a small outward lying ward of Nuoro. This first work was followed in 1997 by Il Lino a Busachi, about the production of working of linen in a small hamlet in central Sardinia, in 2000 by Toccos e Repiccos-Bell ringers in Sardinia, which proposed documenting what remains of the world of bell ringing in Sardinia, in 2004 Dogon in Barbagia, in 2008, Brokkarios, about a family of potters who live and work in Siniscola, in eastern Sardinia, in 2014, S’impinnu (The Vow) and in 2017, La cena delle anime (Supper for the Dead Souls).
He has collaborated on several significant productions outside the ISRE, of these it is worth remembering Giuseppe, pastore di periferia (condiVisioni, 2004), Trittico Pastorale (condiVisioni, 2008), Il Coraggio e la Poesia ( Amm.ne Comunale di Ittiri, 2010) and Ab Origine – Biofilm (condiVisioni with the support of BioSardinia and Slow Food, 2015).
Directed by Manuela Barile, with research by Luis Costa and Manuela Barile and local mediation by Isabel Silvestre, ‘Bondança’ is an almost wordless documentary about the yearly celebration of corn in a tiny rural village of the municipality of São Pedro do Sul (Viseu Dão Lafões Region), from its seeding to the making of corn bread, intertwined with many of the local female polyphonic chanting.
The presentation of the films and moderation of the debate will be in charge of Nicola Schiavottiello, with online guests Luis Costa and Manuela Barile.
Manuela is an Italian artist living and working in the Portuguese rural area of Lafões since 2006. There, she has been developing place-based projects in close contact with local communities, taking into account specific aspects of the territory such as tradition, memory, community architecture and history, and symbols and rituals deposited as indelible signs in the ground. Her works combine sound and visual anthropology, documentary, video art, performance art and vocal performance. They address intimate issues such as death, pain, happiness, work, and religiosity. The artist conceives her art as a continuous investigation and reflection on reality, on being in the world, on her personal experience. As a singer, she has undertaken a personal journey of vocal experimentation applied to free improvisation and based on “extended vocal techniques” focused on the relationship between voice, body, soundscape and acoustic properties of places. Manuela Barile is Director of Binaural/Nodar, a Portuguese cultural organization dedicated to the promotion of sound and media arts in a rural context. Her audiovisual works have been shown in festivals worldwide, such as the Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Cologne OFF, Optica, Videoholica, and the Camden International Film Festival (US).