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Spirits and Rocks: an Azorean Myth

Espiritos e Rochas: um Mito Açoriano

Switzerland, Portugal
2020 — 14 min / Black and white



On a volcanic island, inhabitants are caught in an unending cycle: the threat of impending eruptions and earthquakes, and the burden of past traumas loom over them. Some draw upon myth and religious beliefs to interpret their precarious situation, while others demonstrate resilience, rebuilding their villages from the volcanic rocks. Mirroring the ethereal atmosphere of the island's landscapes, the film gradually takes on the appearance of the stories it recounts.

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Directors' Biography

Aylin Gökmen is a Swiss-Turkish filmmaker who holds a B.A. in Arts from Lausanne University and an M.A. in Documentary Filmmaking from the DocNomads program. She is an alumna of other prestigious programs, such as the Aristoteles Workshop, the Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Arts and the Zurich Film Festival Academy. Combining documentary and experimental approach, her works revolve around themes of memory, imagination and landscape, and have been screened internationally. In 2020, she founded “A Vol d’Oiseau”, a production structure dedicated to the development of various Swiss and international projects. She is also a contributor and co-curator of the Docs in Orbit podcast.

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Aylin Gökmen


Aylin Gökmen

Victor Candeias


Marianna Vas


Aylin Gökmen


João Alves

Etienne Curchod

Screenings & Awards

Locarno , Switzerland, 2020

Sundance , United States, 2021

Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland, 2021

Full Frame DFF, United States, 2021
President's Award

Aubagne IFF, France, 2021
Best Documentary - Mathieu Hoche Prize