THE SPIRITS OF BRAZIL

A FILM AND TRANS-CINEMA PROJECT

BY VINCENT MOON AND PRISCILLA TELMON


HÍBRIDOS is a multiform project including a feature length film, a large & open archival website, digital albums from recordings of ceremonies, live cinema experiences, immersive multi-screens installations, and more

This trans-cinema project is an experimental-ethnographic study of current day spiritual cults in Brazil, mixing tradition and modernity. The in-depth research has driven us to collect audiovisual recordings over 60 different ceremonies all around the country for the past 3 years. From the afro-brazilian cults of Candomblé in Bahia to the new forms of Umbanda in Minas Gerais, from the biggest catholic manifestation in the world in Belém do Pará to new uses of entheogens in São Paulo, from indigenous ancestral rituals in Acre to the rise of the evangelical cults in Rio de Janeiro, the audiovisual collection showcases an incredible array of cultural diversity and constantly evolving ritualistic forms. The project is as well a research into the forms of cinema today, and how to 'represent the invisible'. With a visual language combining long shots of intense musical sequences and a contemplative point of view of the world, our aim is to create an immersion for the viewer, as a personal journey towards the poetry of humankind and the mystic rhythms of syncretism, revealing the deepest expressions of the Brazilian soul.

What does it mean for a man "being in the world"? What do those people who didn't break their connection with the planet earth, or who are going back to it, have to tell us? This is the history of a new way to live together.

The experience of travelers Priscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon, passionate about the diverse beliefs of the people they met on their way and about their relation with Earth - which can't be separated from their connection to the spirits - brought them to Brazil, certain that something unique is happening here for the cultures of the world. This is taking the shape of a spiritual path, punctuated by sacred places and landscapes, with all the theatricality of religious rites, composed by various encounters which occurred during their travels.

With the same poetic language of the Collection Petites Planètes films, HÍBRIDOS wants to provide a shared presence, overflowing with saturated emotions, words, gestures, silences and intuitions captured with a camera on the wrist.

In each ceremony, an organic dive takes place in the form of a cine-trance. Mystical or healing songs lead to the fusion of body and spirit, the union of a group in prayer.


Híbridos is an invitation to understand nowadays Brazil, far from the clichés

VINCENT MOON

Being part of a "new generation of film-makers" for the Cinemathèque Française, and born in the digital and internet age, Vincent was the main director of the 'Take Away Shows' of La Blogothèque.

The online project of music films on indie-rock band and other famous musicians, like R.E.M, Tom Jones or Arcade Fire, revolutionized the concept of music video and the way to film music in the entire world.

In Brazil, he worked with artists like Gaby Amarantos, Tom Zé, Elza Soares or Ney Matogrosso. Since 2009, Moon dedicates himself to his nomadic label, Collection Petites Planètes.

Crossing the world, his camera and computer in his backpack, he makes ethnographic-experimental films in an independent way, recording traditional and sacred music, religious and shamanic rituals, and then shares it all for free on internet, under a Creative Commons licence.

www.vincentmoon.com

PRISCILLA TELMON

Photographer, writer and filmmaker, she crossed the world for humanitarian missions and adventurous travels.

As a Member of the Society of French Explorers, she dedicated herself to long trips combining history and adventure, paying homage to the wisdom tradition and mystery of the cultures she visited. Her passion for exploration gave birth to films, reportages, and books, working in the international printing press, on Tv and for museums.

Through words and pictures, audio and films, Priscilla signed various reporting on ecology, on the last nomads and on shamanism.

Not least, she published the book 'La Chevauchée des Steppes', (ed. Robert Laffont), and 'Carnets de Steppes', on her 7 months adventure from Kazakhstan to the Aral Sea. She also published 'Himalayas', (ed.Actes Sud), and directed the film 'Voyage au Tibet Interdit', (ed.MK2), on her ultimate six month expedition alone by foot through the Himalayas.

www.priscillatelmon.com

Why embark on such an odyssey? Why move closer to the invisible? To question the meaning of reality, to re-embrace the sacred in our everyday life - and to question the rise of consciousness to access a forgotten truth.

These men and women are beacons to a humankind getting lost and moving further away from the sacred. The ambition of this film is to share the essential questions of these people and build a large array of audiovisual forms to bring the viewer towards its own mystical research surrounding what it means to live and die.


Exploring the invisible is the greatest adventure of our time

This sacred adventure immerses all senses. The poetical documentary is a feature film, a 'cine-transe' experience, which comes along various short films, 'haikus', for an internet platform developed as a large database under a Creative Commons licence. Plus music albums, vinyl records, a photo book, a live performance cinema experience, site-specific multi-screens installations, a series of conferences and talks, and more. Starting in the summer of 2017.

AGENDA

(all the events are presented by Priscilla Telmon & Vincent Moon, except those marked with *** )

may 2017

8 • Paris, France • La Voix est Libre (Híbridos live cinema with Gaspar Claus + Kaori Ito)
15 • Fès, Morocco • Fès Sacred Music Festival (Híbridos live cinema, special Iemanjá)
17 • Fès, Morocco • Fès Sacred Music Festival (Dédales, in-situ creation with the Hamadcha sufi ensemble)

june 2017

8-9 • Berlin, Germany • Wolf Cinema (Híbridos live cinema + talks)
10 • Goteborg, Sweden • Roda Sten Opening (Híbridos live cinema)
29 • Paris, France • Eglise St Eustache (Híbridos live cinema)
30 • Paris France • Eglise St Merry (Híbridos live cinema)

july 2017

13 • St-Aubin-sur-Mer, France • Pete the Monkey Festival (Híbridos live cinema + talks)
14-19 • Syros, Greece • Syros Film Festival (Híbridos live cinema + talks)

CONTACT

If you want to know more or help the project
hibridos@hibridos.cc

Directors

priscilla.telmon@gmail.com
vincentmoon@gmail.com

Producer

abreufernanda@gmail.com

Credits

A project by Priscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon, Petites Planètes

Produced by Fernanda Abreu, Feever Filmes

Web Creation by Adrien Goua
Visual Identity by Julia Neiva