Wilmarc Val | France, Haiti 2021 | 26 Min. | OmeU
In presence of Wilmarc Val
When a Haitian voodoo priestess, a mambo, dies, it is up to her children to celebrate and honor the deity she served. Time has come for Wilmarc Val to welcome home his mother, who is traveling from France to perform this ritual in honor of his late grandmother. It will be the mother’s role to contact the spirit “Brave” and thus get in touch with the deceased.
Filmed in highly contrasting places, BRAVE tells of different world and role models that could hardly be more contrary. The mysteries of magic never cease to amaze the filmmaker and, with him, the audience.
Director: Wilmarc Val (er/ihn)
Camera: Matthieu Fabbri
Editing: Manon Falise
Sound: Benjamin Laurent, Roudi Rigaud Marcelin, Damien Luquet, Théodore Celardo, Rosalie Revoyre, Clément Laforce
Production: YSÉ PRODUCTIONS
Festival International du film documentaire d’Amazonie Caraïbes – French Guinea
Festival dei Popoli – Italy
Camerimage – Poland
Cinébanlieue – France
Beijing International Short Film Festival – China
Les rencontres du cinéma documentaire en Haïti
Festival Premiers Plans d’Angers – France
Wilmarc Val was born in Dessalines, a Haitian town. He arrived in France at the age of 4 and grew up in Seine Saint-Denis. Since childhood, he had a passion for astronomy, then for cinema, a love with which he reconnected at the end of his journalism studies. He made several student films during his film studies. Since then he has continued to explore his favorite themes: time, origins and the invisible. He directed a short film entitled “Before the lights go out” where Raphaël Thiery portrays an old showman stuck between his merry-go-round and his memories. At the same time he completed his short documentary film “Brave”, pre-purchased by France 3, echoing his family history and voodoo.
2013 : Poussières d’étoiles
2021 : Brave