An Ethno-Folk Documentary by Olivia Wyatt


December 3rd, 2010

Ethiopia is known to be one of the oldest areas inhabited by humans and presently has over 80 diverse ethnic groups. Photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt explores 13 different tribes throughout Ethiopia in this visually stunning film. Traveling from the northern highlands to the lower Omo Valley, Wyatt brings together the worlds of Zar spirit possession; Hamer tribal wedding ceremonies; Borena water well polyphonic singing; wild hyena feedings; and bizarre Ethiopian TV segments; presenting an enchanting look at these ethereal images, landscapes and sounds from the horn of Africa. The tribes featured in this film are captured with an unflinching sense of realism and poetic admiration resulting in a visual and aural feast of the senses.

Also screening will be her short SEEKING THE SPIRIT, an experimental documentary about a group of Celestial Church of Christ practitioners originally from the Republic of Benin, who meet on Rockaway Beach, NY to worship each night for one month between the hours of midnight and 6 am. This denomination incorporates elements of Yoruba into their practices and from a distance resembles Vodou or Santeria, which were also influenced by the Yoruba Religion of Nigeria and Benin.

To read more about her trip, check out this article in xlr8r.

Olivia Wyatt is the most recent contributer to the Sublime Frequencies collective. She is formally trained in still photography and worked for the past 5 years as a multimedia producer for Magnum In Motion at Magnum Photos. She also co-produced a children’s television show and has created several short documentaries and animations.

Through December 31st, 2010 Alibi Fine Art (1966 W. Montrose) will also be exhibiting 30 polaroid photographs from Wyatt’s stay in Ethiopia.

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