Sculpting the Spirit (Best Long Documentary 2018/19)

“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.

Trailer: https://www.scottishdocinstitute.com/films/sculpting-the-spirits/

URL: https://www.bijagosfilms.com/sculpting_the_spirits


Ecoute

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.

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(A) Social (Honourable Mention)

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.

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Supper For the Dead Souls

“…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.


Boudança

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.

http://www.binauralmedia.org

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