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The Seer and the Unseen (2019)

THE SEER AND THE UNSEEN is a magic realist documentary about invisible elves, financial collapse and the surprising power of belief, told through the story of an Icelandic woman - a real ... See full summary »

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Sara Dosa

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Bryndis Ingvarsdóttir (translation)
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THE SEER AND THE UNSEEN is a magic realist documentary about invisible elves, financial collapse and the surprising power of belief, told through the story of an Icelandic woman - a real life Lorax who speaks on behalf of nature under threat. Through her story, SEER explores the surprising power of belief and, the invisible forces - be they elves or the market - that shape our visible worlds and transform our natural landscapes.

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7 October 2019 (Iceland) See more »

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An otherworld made present and very real in our world
11 September 2019 | by jl-46643See all my reviews

I viewed The Seer and the Unseen at the SF Film Festival and it was truly a wonder. This documentary is more than one woman's moral crusade against the powers of government and industry to protect the ancient volcanic rock formations in Iceland. It is more than the natural lava fields which become subject to corporate and municipal encroachment as the New Viking economic expansion swells. The movie follows Ragnhildur "Ragga" Jónsdóttir and her work as an environmental activist as seer to the local elves, trolls, and other hidden people whose homes and sacred spaces are threatened in the harbor town of Hafnarfjörður. It is a meditation on the conflict between capitalism and traditional belief, two unseen forces that structure our visible worlds and transform our physical environments.

Dosa depicts an exquisite portrait of Ragga who is a quiet revelation in her home and on her battlefield, the natural lava fields she seeks to protect. The soundtrack is minimalist but luxuriant, played by Nature itself - winds whistling, grasses and leaves crackling thru the icy, dead winter and blooming spring - moving in time, across all of time. We are gently transported, taken up and and caught in the flow, traveling with all species alike through this ancient space. This is aesthetic immersion, and through it, we meet Ragga and a faith which has given her sight into this other world. But as much as she can explain what she see and eloquently translate their messages to us, she cannot give us her sight. So Dosa acts as proxy and midwife, making Ragga's inner world comes alive for our senses. She populates our perceptual fields so fully that essentially we get all but the elves. Unseen, they are not un-sensed thanks to the beauty and moving power of the documentary.


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