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What the Soil Remembers

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A vibrant and diverse community flourished in the fertile South African lands. Today its elders tell the story of how their people were uprooted from neighboring lands and thrown into deserted areas; the suffering separation left scars but never transformed them into individualistic beings.

Directors Spotlight

José Cardoso


José Cardoso, Seydú’s father, filmmaker, illustrator and graphic designer; he has developed fiction, animation and documentary films, on themes revolving around surrealism, consciousness and anti-colonialism. What the Soil Remembers, has been selected at IDFA Doc for Sale 2022, premiered at IFFR Rotterdam 2023 where it won the IFFR Ammodo Tiger Short Film Award and selected at the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen Competition and Sheffield Documentary Film Festival. José is now editing and producing Behind the Mist, a documentary by experienced director Sebastián Cordero. His previous works as a director have been selected at RAI Cartoons On The Bay, Sitges Cinema Fantàstic, Havana, Cinélatino de Toulouse, ImagineNative, among others, and awarded at Ícaro Centroamérica, Anim!arte Brasil, FINCALI Colombia, CSFF China, Kunturñawi Ecuador, Premio Colibrí among others. After being selected for his first feature film Iwianch, the devil deer at the 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival, he won the Tom Berman Award for the most promising filmmaker.

  • Year: 2023
  • Runtime: 29 minutes
  • Country: Ecuador, South Africa
  • Language: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa
  • Director: José Cardoso
  • Cinematographer: María Fernanda García
  • Editor: José Cardoso
  • Music: Jethro Louw and Garlic Brown
  • Producer: Adrian Van Wyk
  • Sound Design: Santiago Landivar
  • Premiere: North America

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