13-08-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo
Il tocco dello Sciamano' (The Shaman's Touch) is a very interesting documentary shot in Kenya, as well as in Morocco, by Italian producer and screenwriter Corrado Azzollini.
Azzollini, a young Apulian filmmaker who has been in love with Kenya since his first holiday years ago in Watamu, is no stranger to investigating Kenyan society and in particular the tribes of the coast with his Draka Production. He did so by supervising the distribution of the documentary on witchcraft "Kyuye Uye, the Magic Comes Back" by director Simone Grassi and recently, adapting and shooting in Watamu and its surroundings the novel by Alessandra Soresina "Questa notte parlami dell'Africa", directed by Carolina Boco and Luca La Vopa. The filming of the film, as we documented on Malindikenya.net (https://malindikenya.net/en/articles/news/last-news/first-shootings-in-watamu-for-a-new-italian-movie.htmlhttps://malindikenya.net/en/articles/news/last-news/first-shootings-in-watamu-for-a-new-italian-movie.html), took place in February and March 2021 on the Kenyan coast.
Serena Porta, a promising director, directed "Il tocco dello Sciamano" (The Shaman's Touch), which deals with the theme of traditional healers and the animism of the Mijikenda. As with Grassi's previous medium-length film, our advice and on-site contacts were invaluable to Azzollini.
The figure of the shaman was born in "primitive" societies with the aim of solving basic problems for the survival of any society," explains the Apulian producer, who also acts in front of the camera in the documentary. "It is not only an important healing system, but also a bridge between spiritual and earthly energies. The Shaman represents the channel of divine will and the forces of nature made available to humanity through love and understanding".
Azzollini was accompanied on this journey into African spirituality by a mini-troupe and succeeded in producing an authentic product that helps us understand the background of magical rites and unique characters.
Corrado and his troupe travel from Kenya to Morocco where they meet Mohammed, an old friend who will accompany them and act as their interpreter. Crossing magnificent sceneries they will meet several mystical herbalists, specialised in healing through the use of herbs and other elements linked to spirits and nature.
"The Shaman's Touch" was conceived in a double version: as a single 75-minute format and as a series of four 30-minute episodes.
The episodes about Kenya show a journey deep into local traditions and beliefs that culminates in witnessing a real healing ritual.
"After having produced and distributed numerous titles of international importance, building a catalogue with more than fifty titles including feature films, documentaries, TV series, animation and short films - explains Azzollini - I decided to invest in a young director, giving him the opportunity to make his debut with an important and structured project. Draka's will to invest in a young female director follows the directives of the latest Italian laws on production, where strong incentives and funding tools for the production of young authors and selective criteria on equal opportunities have been introduced".
For further information or to purchase the documentary, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.draka.it.
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