River Rites

Ben Russell | U.S./Suriname | 2011 | 11m 30s
color | sound | 16mm transferred to DV

“Animists are people who recognise that the world is full of persons, some of whom are human, and that life is always lived in relationship with others.”—Graham Harvey, Animism

A trance dance water implosion, a newer line drawn between secular possession and religious phenomena. Filmed in one shot at a sacred site on the Upper Suriname River, the minor secrets of a Saramaccan animist everyday are revealed as time itself is undone. Rites are the new trypps; embodiment is our eternal everything.—Ben Russell

Screens as part of The Red and The Black.

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