Jordi Esteva | Spain, Ivory Coast 2014 | 74 Min. | OmeU
Four years after the filming of “Return to the Land of Souls” about the rituals of trance and possession, the narrator goes back to the Ivory Coast in search of a priestess possessed by the spirit of a panther. A spirit that manifests itself rarely and it is only invoked when the power from the other spirits it is not enough strong to confront sickness or other difficult situations. The communities belief in the existence of the Spirits which, if they are properly treated, can help the people through the Komian or traditional priests. The narrator travels to Ghana, with the priestess and her entourage, to look for the only drummers who are able to invoke the powerful spirit. Komian is a film about strong women, old traditions and their power in the present and also about the relation between researcher and the people, who are explored. Filmed in black and white and with many closeup views, the film has a fascinating and captivating effect on the viewers from the beginning to the end. Impressive, multi-layerd, recommendable.