OCTAVIA’S VISIONS

OCTAVIA’S VISIONS

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

Picture Credits of Film Stills: © Diara Sow

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

SYNOPSIS

„Make America Great Again.“ With this slogan an American presidential candidate wins the elections. It is a fictional character from the 1998 novel „The Parable of the Talents“ by the African-American visionary author Octavia E. Butler. The author, who died in 2006, created characters and societies in her stories that are highly topical and relevant today. Her complex characters are time travelers and survivors of genocide and colonialism, often Black Women and People of Color, multi-dimensional, genderfluid, cyborgs, hybrid and feminist.
Based on the Parabels written by the author in the 1990s, OCTAVIAS VISIONS connects contemporary themes such as today’s nationalism, the polarisation of society, far-reaching effects of colonialism and the climate crisis. It is the artistic expression of a vision to create something new out of old, out of date, regidified structures.

SHORT SYNOPSIS

OCTAVIA’S VISIONS is based on the parables of the African-American futurist author Octavia E. Butler, who died in 2006. Using a poetic visual language, Zara Zandieh connects Butler’s work with contemporary issues such as nationalism, polarizasation of society, decolonialism, and the effects of environmental destruction. OCTAVIA’S VISIONS is the artistic expression of a vision to create something new out of old rigidified structures.

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

CAST

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

ACTIVIST PRESS CONFERENCE
Martini Cherry Furter

TALK SHOW MODERATOR
Senami Zodehougan

RADIO MODERATOR
Joey Steffens

DAKOTA ALANA OLUYOMI
Ifeatu Nnaobi

HOLOGRAM VOICES
Chepita
Claudia Catalán Amoyao
Sanni Est

PROTESTERS
Alvin Collantes
Banafshe Hourmazdi
Chepita
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

WRITING HANDS
Manu Rondon
Joey Steffens
Mandhla Ndubiwa

CREW
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 | 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