FOREST OF THE DANCING SPIRITS

By Linda VÄSTRIK

EYESTEELFILM - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2013

The Yaka/Mbendjele tribe lives in one of the world’s last untouched rainforests, deep in the mists of the Congo Basin. After centuries of minimal contact with Westerners, their world is about to change: Congo’s largest logging company is razing the forest.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SWEDEN, CANADA
    • Languages
    • LINGALA, SWEDISH
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Linda VÄSTRIK
    • Producer(s)
    • Linda VÄSTRIK, Mila AUNG-THWIN (eyesteelfilm)
    • Synopsis
    • "In the beginning, women lived apart, unaware of the existence of men. Until one day, when the first woman, Toli, who was brave and adventurous traveled deep into the forest. Toli discovered solitary creatures with big muscles who knew how to climb trees and harvest wild honey. When Toli tasted their honey, she thought they should all live together...." That is how one of the creation stories of the Akka people from the tropical rainforest of the Congo Basin goes. Akaya, Kengole, Dibota and their friends and family are hunters-gatherers (and also great story-tellers) who guide us through their world. They explain their origins, myths, and the very spiritual meaning of life. The film follows their unique community life as it unfolds over many years. We experience the practice of their spirituality in the most difficult situations. Their religion is playful and highly creative in dealing with deeply serious matters of life and death, and may be the oldest human religion practiced on ...
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