spirit moves

spirit moves ~ a film by Anaiis @hotcocoacartel - an August Friday Late commission @vamuseum


Exploring the ancestral, traditional, cultural and spiritual ties that anaiis believes exist beyond the boundaries of the material dimensions, the piece visualises the transient spirits that have come before us, watch over us, guide us, and protect us.

The characters reference spiritual elements of Senegalese and Afro-Brazilian traditions, commemorating their interconnectivity within the Black diaspora, whilst tracing back anaiis’ travelled upbringing and inspirations. United through movement and ritual, anaiis’ guides are summoned into a meditative ceremony as an ode to the mystical powers that lead her path. 


Directed by @childstudio__ : @joshrenaut + @tayo.rap

Producer @peachyellz
Production Manager @nycnycollas
Project Manager and Concept Development @indigoflores
With very special thanks to @malcolmyaeng
Edited by @tayo.rap

DOP @thehenrygill
Gaffer @jorje_higgins
Focus Puller @hcolemanfilm
Second Unit DOP @bustergreyjung
Stylist @natalieroar
Styling Assistant @emmanouelamegkistou


Hair @laurainebailey
Make Up @yolandadohr.mua
Art Director @bevanagyemang
Movement Director @yagamoto
Runner @fattyautumn
Runner @georgiapizzala
Photographer @alexandrawaespi
Color grade by @andykdc + @tayo.rap

Poetry by @julianknxx

Original score by anaiis & @astonrudi
All music reimagined from anaiis’ this is no longer a dream album

Engineered and mixed by @astonrudi

With special contributions from @blocoileaiye , @onyxcollective1 , @cktrl , @badhombredelasalsa, @3ft_o, @charliestaceymusic , @joshdoughtykora
With Thanks To: Polly Bussell, Hannah Kingwell, @jennafmason, Nkechi Noel, Livia Turnbull




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