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Wata

Wata

Ronan Mckenzie, Joy Yamusangie

England | 2020 | 13 min
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This film will be presented during the event La Nuit de la danse on March 18, 2022 at Théâtre Outremont.

Wata follows the journey of jazz music and crosses the waters, from its African influences to its emergence in New Orleans and its current resurgence in London. In this film, jazz is embodied as the African water spirit Mami Wata, whose history, like that of jazz, has crossed countries, oceans, and generations.
Director Ronan Mckenzie, Joy Yamusangie
Editing Maxim Young
Sound Melo Zed and Roxanne Tataei
Cinematographer Beatriz Sastre
Cinematography Beatriz Sastre

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Ronan Mckenzie

Ronan Mckenzie

Available in French only

Ronan Mckenzie est une photographe, réalisatrice et artiste de Walthamstow, au Nord-Est de Londres. La pratique de Ronan se distingue par sa sensibilité à l’émotion honnête, à la vraie connexion et à la célébration de l’individualité à travers ses portraits exquis, émotifs et d’une beauté brûlante. S’étendant sur la photo, le film et l’exploration d’autres médiums, Ronan a exposé dans des espaces tels que Aperture Foundation, New York, Red Hook Labs, New York, Somerset House, Londres et The National Theatre, Londres. Ronan a travaillé avec des marques telles que Gucci, Glossier, Adidas, Stella McCartney, Nike, Universal Standard, et des publications incluent Luncheon, Dazed et Vogue US. En 2018, elle a financé et organisé une exposition intitulée I’M HOME, qui présentait quatre photographes britanniques noires et souhaitait créer un espace artistique vraiment accessible. En 2020, son premier court métrage rendu possible par Gucci a été présenté par le magazine Garage.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
Universal Standard x Adidas (2019)
Pitchfork x FKA Twigs (2019)
Our Place (2019)
Vaara — Made to move (2019)
King (2018)
Joy Yamusangie

Joy Yamusangie

Joy Yamusangie is a visual artist, specialising in illustration. Joy experiments with a range of traditional processes such as drawing, film, painting and collaging to produce mixed media pieces. Their previous projects have included a public art installation commissioned by Tate Collectives, the London Borough of Culture award and the cover for the 2021 Penguin edition of C. L. R. James’ Minty Alley.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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