Chasing Shadows

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2019 / 70 minutes

Directed by
Roger Canals
Country of production
Guinea-Bissau

This film is an intimate portrait of the Kyangyang prophetic movement in Guinea-Bissau. The members of the movement communicate with their ancestors, who transmit messages from the high God through prophetic writing, glossolalia, divination rituals, and spirit possession. With this knowledge, the members of the movement heal and give advice in collective ceremonies. The film delves into the creative and poetic world of Kyangyang by giving voice to its members, young and old, men and women. It explores the relations between the Kyangyang movement and the cosmology of the Balanta people, and Islam and Christianity.

In the 2021 RAI Film Fest Werbner Award