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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

This week at SFC:Dancing Deities & In the Mirror of Maya Deren

STUDIOFILMCLUB
BUILDING 7 (back stairs)
FERNANDES INDUSTRIAL CENTRE
EASTERN MAIN ROAD
LAVENTILLE
PORT OF SPAIN


Our screenings are FREE and all are welcome.

Thursday April 3rd

doors open 7:30 - short film starts 8:15

You are welcome to STAY LATE for our weekly post filmclub session... music by this weeks guest: songwriter/producer/artist Alonestar LIVE!


Dancing Deities (Emilie Upczak/USA&TT/2007/23')

Dancing Deities is a documentary short that attempts to depict the practices of the Claxton Bay Orisha community in Trinidad. The film is primarily non-narrative in that it uses imagery to convey the rich musical, rhythmic and mythological aspects of this blend of African and Caribbean culture. Two local
practitioners, do however, give their perspective on Orisha worship as well as descriptions of a few deities in order to provide the viewer with some background information. But really, the film is a collage of images that portrays modern Orisha ritual practice whilst providing viewers with a positive
depiction of this often misunderstood tradition. Dancing Deities is invaluable as one of the few existing present day visual resources on modern Orisha practice in Trinidad.


In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Martina Kudlacek/Austria/2003/110')

Wide ranging, authoritative and often beautiful documentary about the avant garde movie-maker who virtually created the US independent film scene. From her immigrant roots (b. Kiev 1917) to her death aged 44 from a cerebral haemorrhage, Deren was a tireless experimenter in both content and context, a spiritual parent to Jonas Mekas' archive and exhibition activities. According to Stan Brakhage, one of many film-making contributors , her poetic films were 'rituals in moving vision', just part of a portfolio that included pioneering research into Haitian voodoo. For Deren, as demonstrated here, art and life were intense and inseparable.

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