Trailer for Forest of the Dancing Spirits.
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. Award-winning filmmaker Linda Vastrik lived among this generous people for several years, respectfully observing their fascinating way of life. Far from a stoic meditation on a disappearing civilization, each lush frame of this visual love letter pours out with humour, drama and a natural beauty made so tangible, you almost feel the forest s leaves against your skin. The film s layered sound whispers fantastical creation myths, enticing the viewer to join in vibrant storytelling circles. All the while, personal heartbreaks, unexpected masters and private industry stalk a proud community. Clever and fresh, this stunningly crafted study captures wonder that s likely not long for this world.
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