Shorts: Rapture and Revelation

  • 79 mins

A delirious and mesmeric showcase exploring shamanic activity, transcendental forces and spirit-healing!

A rollercoaster parade through manifestations of belief and spirituality in film. Maverick director Bill Morrison offers a collage of reclaimed nitrate film exploring historical perceptions of Heaven and Earth, we witness a Scottish woman’s chance encounter with Jesus, delve into the phenomenon of Tibetan sky burials, and marvel at the spectacle of charismatic shamans and possessed children!

Getting On, Ewan Stewart/UK/2012/9 min (In Competition)
An unexpected few moments spent savouring a cup of tea with an unexpected visitor offer a sparkling counterpoint to the banality of a Glasgow housewife’s chores.

Just Ancient Loops, Bill Morrison/USA/2012/25 min
A cine-portrait interrogating historical notions of the world existing beyond the sky. Stitched- together nitrate film reels radiate the awe and wonder of the sky and associated sacred connotations.

Boneshaker, Frances Bodomo/USA/2013/13 min (In Competition)
Blessing's Ghanaian family follow the winding back-roads of Louisiana in search of a Pentecostal church that they believe can enact a ritual healing upon the free-spirited child. Stars Oscar nominee (Beasts of the Southern Wild) Quvenzhané Wallis.

Beat, Aneil Karia/UK/2013/12 min (In Competition)
Ben Whishaw embodies a tornado of kinetic energy whose furious dance through the streets of London suffuses a shamanic sense of the joy at the sheer visceral sensation his movement evokes.

Vultures of Tibet, Russell O. Bush/USA, Canada/2013/21 min
Sky Burial is a ritual practise whereby a sacrificial gift of human flesh is offered to vultures, a bird considered to be a reincarnated embodiment of Buddhist elders.

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