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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Obatala Film
Obatala Film
Obatala Film

Obatala Film

director: Sebastian Wiedemann
original title: Obatala Film
country: Nigeria, Brazil, Colombia
year: 2019
running time: 7 min.

synopsis

An anthology of rituals, masks, skin paintings, and other decorations, captured from up close in Ile-Ife, the legendary holy city of the Yoruba, who live primarily in southwestern Nigeria but also in some parts of Latin America and who consider the god Obatala to be the creator of Earth and of human bodies. 

"I understand my cinematic practice as an inquiry into modes of experience and as a gesture of channeling. One of them could be the state of devotion and possession by spiritual and cosmic forces. " S. Wiedemann  

biography

After completing his fine art education in his native Columbia, Sebastian Wiedemann went on to study film directing in Argentina. His works explore the mutual relationships between philosophy, anthropology, and experimental film. Besides documentaries, he also works with fiction film. His films are based on manual work with the film material, with a focus on the character of the colors.

more about film

director: Sebastian Wiedemann
producer: Sebastian Wiedemann
editing: Sebastian Wiedemann

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section: Fascinations
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