Tira (2011)

Shot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Super 8mm, this short film is an experimental vista into a woman's  creative struggle. It plays with the notion of having an internal personality that subconsciously and mysteriously guides us in certain directions.

Nietzsche attributed this struggle to the god Dionysus, who represents the unseen and chaotic creative impulse, most explicitly expressed by music.

In my story I use two orixas (deities) of the Brazilian Candomblé religious tradition: Obá, whose colors are red, white and yellow, is a strong and forceful female presence but can be conflicted and inflexible; and Naña, whose colors are indigo, white and pink, is a presence of calm and dignity and the mother of creativity.

Practioners of Candomblé associate both deities with different types of water flow, Obá with rapids and tough conditions and Nanã with stillness and tranquility.

I was also inspired by the city as a metaphor for the mind. Who are the inhabitants? What are its rhythms? When, and why, is it empty?

In portuguese “tira” (verb tirar) means “to remove” or “strip away”.

The song is my remixed version of "Cemeteries" by Avey Tare.

Lais Santos Oliviera
Zalyndria Shelby Crosby

Directed by:
Jean Michel Hoffman