Body and Soul V.3

Director: Theo Eshetu
Country: Ethiopia, the UK, and Italy
Year: 2004
Running Time: 28 min.
Language: English, Amharic, and Italian

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Body & Soul V.3 is a visual essay, which draws the viewer into a maze of ideas. The film is a journey through rituals and ceremonies, dances and fantastical visual reconstructions, to celebrate the very act of seeing. It is the filmmaker’s way of using video as a hybrid language that unites Television, Art and Cinema and he uses it to describe his hybrid world.

About the Director

Theo Eshetu

Biography: Theo Eshetu was born in London in 1958 and spent part of his childhood in Ethiopia. He received a degree in Communication Design from North East London Polytechnic and has been working as a video artist and photographer in Italy since 1982. He established White Light Productions in 1986, intending to innovate television programming, and has since received several prizes for his work, including the First Prize at the 1993 Berlin Video Festival for Travelling Light. He works with documentary formats, experimental film, video installations, and photography; covering a wide range of subject matter. He seeks to promote a subjective, personal, and art-based approach to a medium that is now associated with mass communication.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.112)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Blood Is Not Fresh Water (2000);
Brave New World (2003);
Africanized (2003);
Body and Soul V.3 (2006);
Lightning Strikes (2010).

Filmography:
Rites of Passage (1983);
Thunder and Lightning (1983);
Another Time Another Place (1984);
My Better Half (1984);
La Morte in diretta (1984);
Back to Zero (1985);
That’s Life [Questa è vita] (1986);
L’Altro Mondo (1987);
Seshoku (1987);
Nativity (1989);
La Madonna di Theo Eshetu (1990);
Travelling Light (1992);
La Nascita di Dionisio (1994);
One for You, One for Me and One for Raffael (1994);
Mass Memory (1994);
Horses [Cavalli] (1994);
Flying with Birds [Volare con gli uccelli] (1995);
Sogno della città ideale (1995);
Art Is Easy [L’arte è facile] (1996);
Anima e corpo version 1 (1996);
Blood Is Not Fresh Water (1997);
Brave New World (1999);
Ways to a Void (2000);
Africanized (2002);
Body and Soul V.3 (2004);
An Extraordinary Event (2006);
The Return of the Axum Obelisk (2009);
Lightning Strikes (2010);
Veiled Woman on a Beachfront (2011);
The Festival of Sacrifice (2012).