Chasing Shadows (2019)

  • Werbner Award
  • 1h 10m


This film is an intimate portrait of the Kyangyang prophetic movement in Guinea-Bissau. The members of the movement communicate with their ancestors, who transmit messages from the high God through prophetic writing, glossolalia, divination rituals, and spirit possession. With this knowledge, the members of the movement heal and give advice in collective ceremonies. The film delves into the creative and poetic world of Kyangyang by giving voice to its members, young and old, men and women. It explores the relations between the Kyangyang movement and the cosmology of the Balanta people, and Islam and Christianity.

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Roger Canals



Bonus Content

Making off of Chasing Shadows

In this reflective piece, I discuss some of the ethic and methodological issues revolving around the act of “filming others”. Roger Canals - Director of Chasing Shadows