Orbit Diapason

    • Tabita Rezaire
    • France, South Africa
    • 2020
    • 30 min
    • Immersive, Linear
    • World Premiere
    • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

    The stone circles in South Africa that are sometimes referred to as “the birth place of the sun” or “Adam’s Calendar” are full of mysteries. Some regard them sacred sites of ancestral spirituality, while others have suggested a connection with extraterrestrial beings. It isn’t just believers in alternative cosmologies who are looking for aliens—NASA is also systematically searching for evidence of extraterrestrial life. This curiosity is driven partly by a desire to colonize new worlds, because we are rapidly destroying the one we have. The ecological crisis is alarming, and the decline in bee populations is thought by some to herald the apocalypse.

    Hallucinatory and immersive, Orbit Diapason draws all these threads together to weave a tale about the world of the present, and the mythologies of the future. Whether the future promises escape routes or solutions for present-day problems, depends on our connection to the womb of the earth—so we’re told. The film raises questions about the human tendency towards imperialism and the desire for interaction with alien life. Reflecting on our attitude towards the universe ultimately brings us closer to an understanding of how we live together on Earth.


    • 30 min
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Tabita Rezaire
    Goodman Gallery, Laurie Cluitmans for Centraal Museum
    LA Film Forum, Impakt Festival
    World Sales
    Goodman Gallery
    Screening copy
    Tabita Rezaire

    IDFA history

    World Premiere
    do not touch
    IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

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