Don't speak Palenque? Never mind, the universal language that takes you through the memories of enslaved Africans in this film is music.
In this dream-like expedition into the land of memories and collective unconscious, one gets a glimpse of the lives of enslaved Africans, travelling away from their homeland to the Colombian province of Palenque. How can we empathise with people of the past, and how can we understand their pain in the present? One of the ways is through music, which is omnipresent in El Beat, reflecting the sorrows, the joy, and the communal aspects of their lives, as a powerful instrument that has always kept the people together, making it possible to face the hardest of obstacles.
authors: Irene Lema, Sergio Bromberg, Carolina del Mar Fernández
runtime: 10 min
language: Palenquero (with English subtitles)
premiere: Czech Premiere
motion sickness risk: low
control complexity: no interactions
section: Dimensions of Empathy
location in DOX: Area C (ground floor)