what I see,
what is shown to me,
what I can’t see,
what I don’t see…
I was invited to film a ritual. One that can be shown to foreigners, to “dried-heads” like me. A child of the village watches Disney’s Fantasia on TV. He is interrupted. What the child lives when he dances? What am I able to see from what is shown to me?
Shot in the Xucuru–Kariri tribe, in Alagoas, Brazil.
For Toré, João Vieira Torres was invited to film a ritual that could be shown to foreigners. Fittingly the film begins with an admission that there are things that, even when willingly presented to us, remain obscure. In the Brazilian jungle a young boy watches Disney’s Fantasia, he lives his life, he is prepared for his ritual. He watches the film on television, we watch him on our screen, rites are performed. Images travel light years from one culture to another, from one time to another, from one body to another. And yet, we never touch, we never dance together. Toré is an invitation to partake in a beautiful and confounding experience of a world in which we do not live. An admission that we can find extasy in images but that we cannot truly know by them.
Benjamin R. Taylor
Director and programmer, VISIONS
Founding member of La lumière collective
João Vieira Torres is a Brasilian-French artist and filmmaker, born in Recife, Brazil, in 1981. He studied visual arts at Miami Dade Community College and photography at the University de Paris 8. He attended Le Fresnoy in 2010. His work has been presented at film festivals in New York, Edinburgh and Marseille and in many numerous museums, such as the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Anthology Film Archives in New York. He currently lives and works in Brazil and France.
Tanawi Xucuru Kariri, one of the leaders of the community, among other activities as an educator, co-directed his first film Toré (2015).