By Sergio | Shadow and Act January 31, 2014 at 11:43AM
You may recall that last summer Tambay chronicled the fundraising efforts by filmmaker Eliciana Nascimento for her short film The Summer of the Gods, which was a rousing success (HERE).
Nascimento, last year, received her MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University, for which Gods was her MFA thesis film, as well as her second narrative film. It's firmly planted in the realm of magical realism, dealing with a young girl who visits her grandmother in rural Brazil, where she encounters Orishas, the magical gods from African folklore, who challenge her with a mission.
As the filmmaker herself describes her film which is...
...set in the Northeast of Brazil where Afro-Brazilian religious traditions remain strong. In the film, Lilli's grandmother is in charge of an annual celebration for the Orisha Yemanjá. In real life, the event is known in Brazil as Festa de Yemanja and it is the largest Orisha celebration in the country. In this event, devotees of African religious traditions dress in all white to take their offerings to the sea to thank Yemanja for helping them in their social and political struggles. In The Summer of Gods, this celebration is at risk of expiring because Lili’s great-grandmother is about to pass away. Grandma is a well revered local priestess who unites her community to honor the Orishas. Lili is blessed by the goddesses as well. To preserve tradition, they lead her on a mystical adventure through a nearby forest which symbolizes her initiation into the tradition.
Now her film is completed, and Nasimento and her co-producer, Benjamin Watkins, will be pre-screened the film for the first time at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland, CA on Feb. 2, before it, no doubt, moves on to the international film festival circuit.
To find out more about that Oakland premiere screening go HERE. Check out the new trailer for the film below: