In the Summer of 2017, I stumbled upon the Universal Spiritual Eclectic Fraternity, a small religious community 50km away from my hometown of Brasília, Brazil. I spent a few days in the City, which has curious elements of Christianity, Kardecist Spiritualism and Umbanda.
Still struck by its unique history and photogeneity, I returned in the end of 2018 for my thesis film.
The documentary follows Rodrigo, a young man raised in Eclectic City who has to confront the expectation of becoming a religious figure in the community.
Director: Luísa Cruz
Cinematographer & Editor: Joel Rodriguez
Location Sound: Geovanna Belizze
Production & Stills: Vivi Morais
Production Assistants: Ian Nogueira + Yas Costa
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• Screened at Cinesiege, Toronto, 2019 – Awarded Best Directing and Best Cinematography
• Screened at TFR: Hybrid Visions, Toronto, February 2020
• Official selection – BUEIFF Channel, 2020