ÁGUA FORTE
Strong Waters

by Mónica BAPTISTA
2018 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 15' 15

STRONG WATERS (ÁQUA FORTE) is a film made on a trip to the Amazon rainforest (from February to May 2015), rescuing a series of encounters.
With a structuralist metric, this film consists of 5 reels of 16mm hand-processed film and lasts approximately 15 minutes.
In the beginning of the film we listen to the myth of the Creation from the Corripaco, indigenous people of the Amazon (Brazil, Colombia and Peru), in which the first God, the God Principle, living in a vertical and silent world, sees his excrements emerging from the deep waters - the navel of the world.
STRONG WATERS follows the course of a river, intersecting different times, the mythologic and the essay - proper of travel journals –, drawing together with the landscape a horizontal thought and finally collapsing into a wild object born from the unconscious.

A sensory, immersive composition takes us on a journey to a place that seems to have stopped in time but remains timeless. A female voice reads a mythological text on the origin of the world and sets the tone for a documentary-meditation on the presence of primeval elements – like water and flora – and their cohabitation with the natives, whose portraits intersperse the film. The stealthy camera follows a boat drifting across the calm waters of a river, as if the latter were the rings of a tree disclosing its history, in a movement that lulls us and drives us to the physical and metaphysical core. Finally, accompanied by an ancestral chant, the etching gives way to a sequence of images (which in turn emerge like a river reducing the field of action to the essential) and moves into a poetic terrain, summoning the imagination of each one.


post production: ATELIER 105

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distribution format DCP on server (SMPTE 2K)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
original language Spanish
translation Portuguese (Sous-titrage)
rental fee 50,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
original language Spanish
translation Portuguese (Sous-titrage)
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distribution format DCP on server (SMPTE 2K)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
original language Spanish
translation English (Sous-titrage)
rental fee 50,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
original language Spanish
translation English (Sous-titrage)
rental fee 50,00 €