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Redemption
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Redemption

Redenção
Mariana Luiza
Brazil
2023
20 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

In 1911, during the Universal Races Congress in London, the representative from Brazil presented a painting titled “Ham’s Redemption” (A redenção de Cam). Featuring a black grandmother, a mestizo mother, a white father and their light-skinned infant at the center of the frame, the painting became a symbol of the racial whitening ideology in Brazil throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. More than 110 years later, creator Mariana Luiza—who identifies as Black—critiques Brazil’s racial legacy and offers a poetic, counter-colonial answer to the painting in an immersive installation.

Redemption transforms space, image, sound and scent into a labyrinth. At the start of the journey, the virtual space is flooded with archival footage. As the exploration continues, we find ourselves in the dark and deep hollow of Kalunga, the center of the earth. Through a mirror of water, we find an alternative destination of “Ham’s Redemption” and meet the cosmovison of the Bantu people, ancestors to most Africans in Brazil. We feel the smoke, the magma, the skin and the merging of life and death. Here the experience of time is no longer linear; rather, as the Bantu people believe, it curves and repeats.

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Credits
20 min
color
cross-platform
Spoken languages: Portuguese
Director
    Mariana Luiza
    Mariana Luiza
Production
    Mariana Luiza for Ngongo Filmes,
    Flávio B. S. Rebouças for CRUZO FILMES
    Mariana Luiza for Ngongo Filmes,
    Flávio B. S. Rebouças for CRUZO FILMES
Co-production
    Fernanda Vidigal for Carapiá Filmes,
    Fernanda Vidigal for Carapiá Filmes
    Fernanda Vidigal for Carapiá Filmes,
    Fernanda Vidigal for Carapiá Filmes
Executive producer
    Fernanda Vidigal for Carapiá Filmes,
    Mariana Luiza for Ngongo Filmes,
    Maisa Rebouças,
    Odara Souza
    Fernanda Vidigal for Carapiá Filmes,
    Mariana Luiza for Ngongo Filmes,
    Maisa Rebouças,
    Odara Souza
Cinematography
    Flávio B. S. Rebouças
    Flávio B. S. Rebouças
Editing
    Keily Estrada,
    Eva Randolph
    Keily Estrada,
    Eva Randolph
Sound
    Mabel Salvador,
    Victor Brasileiro
    Mabel Salvador,
    Victor Brasileiro
Sound Design
    Vitor Coroa
    Vitor Coroa
Screenplay
    Mariana Luiza,
    Luiz Santana,
    Rafael Galante
    Mariana Luiza,
    Luiz Santana,
    Rafael Galante
World Sales
    Mariana Luiza for Ngongo Filmes
    Mariana Luiza for Ngongo Filmes
Screening copy
    Fernanda Vázquez Alcántara
    Fernanda Vázquez Alcántara

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