LORD OF MIRACLES
Christopher Newman, Patricia Alvarez | Peru, USA 2011 | 9 Min. | OmeU
Lord of Miracles is an observational portrait of the annual procession of ‘El Señor de los Milagros’ in Lima, Peru. At the heart of this Catholic procession is the icon of Jesus Christ, set upon a one-ton wooden frame that moves through the center of Lima on the shoulders of La Hermandad del Señor de los Milagros (the Brotherhood of the Lord of Miracles). The icon is a replica of an old mural, originally painted by an Afro-Peruvian slave in the 17th century. This mural was one of the only structures left standing after an earthquake destroyed most of Lima in 1786. What began as a small cult practiced by Afro-Peruvians in the late 18thcentury has now spread all over the world.