ERIC KLEMM: METAMORPHOSIS Directed by Jennifer Rashleigh; Wild Pigeon Productions (Canada, 2006, 6 min)
Jennifer Rashleigh’s film examines the many transformations in Klemm’s career that have led to his current incarnation as a fine art photographer.
PIERRE FATUMBI VERGER, MESSENGER BETWEEN TWO WORLDS Directed by Lula Buarque De Hollanda; Conspiração Filmes (Brazil, 1999, 82 min)
Sponsored by the Service Culturel, Consulat Général De France, Toronto
In 1932 Pierre Verger traded his neatly pressed suit for shorts and fled bourgeois France to photograph the world, Taking only his Rolleiflex camera and a 50-60 mm lens. In 1946 Verger was first seduced by the Africa-based culture of the black inhabitants of Bahia, the capital of the Brazilian province Salvador, and their ancient tradition of Orisha Worship. Verger eventually travelled to West Africa to immerse himself in the religion, earning the nickname Fatumbi (“one who was reborn for the Ifá religion”) and becoming a Babalaô (“diviner of Ifá prophecies”). Narrated by legendary Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil, Messenger Between Two Worlds retraces Verger’s explorations in Africa, France and Brazil. This film was pronounced Best Cultural TV Production at Grand Prix Cinéma Brésil 2000.