Germany | 2021 | 17′36“ | UHD |Video-Installation & Short Film| Languages: English & German | Subtitles: German & English | Color | Cinemascope +| Stereo

The Pox— I have read that the Pox was caused by accidentally coinciding climatic, economic, and sociological crisis. It would be more honest to say that the Pox was caused by our own refusal to deal with obvious problems in those areas.” Octavia E. Butler in ‚The Parable of the Talents‘, 1998


In the mid-1990s, the African-American visionary author, Octavia E. Butler, published two novels later to be called the „Parable Series“. In “Parable of the Sower“ and “Parable of the Talents” Butler tells the story of a community struggling to survive the environmental, socioeconomic and political collapse of 21st-century USA. Butler, who died in 2006, created characters and worlds that remain highly topical today. Her complex characters are genderfluid time travelers, atrocity survivors, Black Women and People of Color. Inspired by the Parabels, OCTAVIA’S VISIONS speaks to contemporary themes of environmental degradation, far right extremism, and social liberation. The poetic piece expresses a queer utopian imaginary, a longing to create out of the old something new.


OCTAVIA’S VISIONS is inspired by the Parables of the African-American futurist author Octavia E. Butler, who died in 2006. Using poetic visual language, OCTAVIA’S VISIONS interweaves Butler’s worlds with contemporary issues of environmental degradation, far right extremism, and social liberation. The poetic piece expresses a queer utopian imaginary, a longing to create out of the old something new.

In June 2019 the jury of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe selected and recommended OCTAVIA’S VISION for the Research Fellowship.

Film Stills: © Diara Sow


THE AUTHOR (in order of appearance):
Sandra Bello
Mandhla Ndubiwa
Nancy Andler

Martini Cherry Furter

Senami Zodehougan

Joey Steffens

Ifeatu Nnaobi

Claudia Catalán Amoyao
Sanni Est

Alvin Collantes
Banafshe Hourmazdi
Claudia Catalán Amoyao
Eli Wewentxu
Ifeatu Nnaobi
Julian Curico
Mathilde Manon
Minh Duc Pham
N’deye Sikhe Camara
Rima Najdi
Saboura Naqshband
Sanni Est
Saphira Siegmund
Senami Zodehougan
Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau

Manu Rondon
Joey Steffens
Mandhla Ndubiwa

Directed, Written, Produced | Zara Zandieh
Production Management | Diana Paiva
Script Supervisor | Patricia Saad
Assistant Director | Joey Steffens
Set-Manager | Lusanda Kori
Director of Photography | Diara Sow
1st AC | Clara Rodríguez Arasanz
Sound Recording | Azadeh Zandieh
Gaffer | Anno Gerdes
Electrician | Janne Ebel
Set Design|Klara Mohammadi & Sarah Mounia Kachiri
Costume Design | Milena Kraft
Make-Up Artists | Layana Flachs & Maiara Izabele Del Pino
Hair Stylist | Layana Flachs
Set Runner & Best Person |Nima Séne
Drivers | Mathilde Manon & Morgane Hay
Set-Photography |Fungi Phuong Tran Minh
Editing | Zara Zandieh
Post Production Consultation & Conforming | Antonella Sarubbi
Sound Design, Re-recording Mix| Azadeh Zandieh
Color Grading | Claudia Maneka Maharaj
VFX & Title Design & Poster Design | Caio Soares
Translating of Subtitles | Sofia Hamaz, Patricia Saad, Nicola Lauré al-Samarai
Production Consultant | Ibrahim-Utku Erdoğan
Legal Advice | Kanzlei Laaser
Archive Consultation | Stephen Maier
Curator (Humboldt Forum) | Adrian Waschmann
Produced by | Stiftung Humboldt Forum

Behind the Scene Photography: © Fungi Phuong Tran Minh


International ZONTA Prize at the 67th Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Jury Statement
In the beginning there was the work of a great, futuristic author, whose impact got transformed into a multi-layered, poetic and forward-looking film experience that resonates for a long time.


Begründung der Jury
Am Anfang war das Werk einer großen, futuristischen Autorin, das in dieser Arbeit in eine vielschichtige, poetische und zukunftsweisende Filmerfahrung überführt wird, die lange nachhallt.


2021|Officially Selected for German Competition of 67th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (World Premiere), Oberhausen/ Germany
2021| Officially Selected for German Competition of 37th Hamburg Short Film Festival, Hamburg/ Germany
2021 | Sheffield DocFest, Arts Programme, Sheffield/ UK (International Premiere)
2021 | Officially Selected for Inside Out, Toronto/ Canada (Canada Premiere)
2021 | 71st Berlinale, Forum Special Programme: “Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany“, Berlin/ Germany
2021| Humboldt Forum, as part of Berlin Art Week Connect, Berlin/ Germany