The Possibility of Spirits, 2016

What is it that you film when you film a spirit?

Shot in Bahia (Brazil), The Possibility of Spirits is an essay film that keeps the baffling mystery of spirit possession center stage.

In a poetic assemblage of images and words, it offers an alternative for the kind of documentary that either exoticizes spirit possession in spectacular imagery, or extinguishes the wonder of the phenomenon in explanatory prose.

source: Mathijs van de Port (vimeo)




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Directed by

Sound Department

Bart Jilesen re-recording mixer / sound designer


Trivia: Mattijs Van de Port holds a chair in ‘popular religiosity’ at VU University Amsterdam. He did research in Serbia, and since 2001 in Bahia, Brazil. The Possibility of Spirits, using footage from six years of filming in Bahia, was completed in 2016, and has been selected in various ethnographic film festivals.

source: Journal of Anthropological Films


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