2016 / 72 minutes

Directed by
Mattijs van de Port
Country of production

What is it that you film when you film a spirit? I was brought up to believe that spirits do not exist. Years of research on an afro-Brazilian spirit possession cult taught me the limits of such euro-centric views. Refusing to choose between belief and disbelief, I embraced my not-knowing.

The Possibility of Spirits is an essay-film that keeps the mystery of spirits centre stage. Borrowing from surrealist montage-techniques, the estrangement effect of Brechtian theatre and a Brazilian taste for the genuinely made-up, it invites viewers to let themselves be confused and — in that confusion — consider the possibility of spirits.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest
Language and subtitles
Brazilian Portuguese and English, with English subtitles
Location(s) depicted
Bahia (Brazil)
South America
Essay film Religion / Belief / Faith Reflexivity