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Floating with Spirits
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Floating with Spirits

Juanita Onzaga
Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Mexico
2023
30 min
Dutch Premiere
IDFA DocLab Spotlight, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

This cinematic virtual reality experience transports you to the mountains of Oaxaca in Mexico. There we meet Jocelynne and Jaquelyne, two young Mazatecs. The Mazatec people have been living in this region for centuries, closely connected with the gigantic ceiba trees and gushing rivers, and the community’s memories reside in the nature that surrounds them.

While they prepare for the traditional Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Jocelynne and Jaquelyne share the stories that were passed down to them by their grandmother, a shaman who upheld the community’s mystical values.

The Day of the Dead is devoted to the spirits of deceased loved ones who return to the world of the living on that day. As soon as this VR documentary starts, we are transported by Jocelynne and Jaquelyne’s imagination into the world of the ancestors, where four nature spirits welcome us and share ancient Mazatec knowledge.

Floating with Spirits is co-presented by IDFA and Flemish Cultural Center De Brakke Grond.

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Credits
30 min
color
Digital file
Spoken languages: English, Spanish
Director
    Juanita Onzaga
    Juanita Onzaga
Production
    An Oost for Cassette for timescapes,
    Emmy Oost for Cassette for timescapes
    An Oost for Cassette for timescapes,
    Emmy Oost for Cassette for timescapes
Co-production
    Corine Meijers for Studio Biarritz ,
    Donato Rotunno for Tarantula
    Corine Meijers for Studio Biarritz ,
    Donato Rotunno for Tarantula
Executive producer
    Fernand de Amorin for Tarantula,
    Daniel Loustaunau for Colectivo Colmena
    Fernand de Amorin for Tarantula,
    Daniel Loustaunau for Colectivo Colmena
Cinematography
    Juanita Onzaga,
    Pierre Friquet,
    Dajo Brinkman
    Juanita Onzaga,
    Pierre Friquet,
    Dajo Brinkman
Editing
    Pia Dumont,
    Juanita Onzaga,
    Lawrence Paul Foley
    Pia Dumont,
    Juanita Onzaga,
    Lawrence Paul Foley
Animation
    Aron Fels
    Aron Fels
Developer
    Guido Boogaard
    Guido Boogaard
Technical artist
    Lillian Souwer
    Lillian Souwer
Sound
    Mad Trix
    Mad Trix
Sound Design
    Olivier Lang,
    Jeremy Bocquet
    Olivier Lang,
    Jeremy Bocquet
Music
    Jeremy Bocquet
    Jeremy Bocquet
Screenplay
    Juanita Onzaga
    Juanita Onzaga
Narration
    Juanita Onzaga
    Juanita Onzaga
World Sales
    Astrea
    Astrea
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Corine Meijers for Studio Biarritz
    Corine Meijers for Studio Biarritz
Screening copy
    Corine Meijers for Studio Biarritz
    Corine Meijers for Studio Biarritz

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