A Spell to Ward off Darkness

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DVD + Blu-ray combo pack with a film by Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

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From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, 'A Spell to Ward off the Darkness' is an inquiry into the possibilities of a spiritual existence within an increasingly secular Western culture. A participatory ethnography in the best possible sense, A SPELL choreographs the actions of non-actors within existing Scandinavian landscapes in an effort to arrive at a hybrid document of the past, present, and future; it is a record of experience that proposes belief in transcendence as a viable outcome of living in the now.

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Author(s) Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
Artist(s) Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Format Blu-ray Disc Region B, DVD PAL, Region 2
Original format 16mm
Year 2013
Language(s) English
Runtime 99 min
Publisher SODA Film + Art

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