Þorbjörg Jónsdóttir, A tree is like a man, 2019, still.
Thorbjorg Jonsdottir (b. 1979) is an experimental filmmaker and video artist from Iceland who holds an MFA in filmmaking from California Institute of the Arts and a BA Visual Arts from Iceland University of the Arts. Thorbjorg works mainly with experimental film and video media, in the forms of narrative film, documentary and video installation. Her films and videoworks navigate between ethnography and abstract formalism, explore preternatural states where oral-mythology and landscape collide. Thorbjorg’s films and video installations have been screened both in galleries and film festivals in Europe, Asia and the US, at venues including CPH:DOX, IMAGES festival, JEONJU Film Festival, FID Marseille and at LACMA. Her most recent film A tree is like a man premiered at CPH:DOX 2019 where it competed in the NEXT:WAVE section.
“A tree is like a man - En la maloca de Don William is an attempt to touch the otherworld through its edges. Filmmaker Thorbjorg Jonsdottir met Ayahuasquero Don William back in the year 2000 by chance while traveling in the Columbian Amazon. This encounter lead to a collaboration that developed over a decade between the filmmaker and the shaman. Shot on 16mm, the film serves as a personal witness to Don William’s lifelong relationship to ayahuasca and other plant medicines that are native to the jungle. With the rainforest a rich labyrinthine background, this portrait is at once intimate and spare; opening up to alternate realities as dense as the jungle itself, with kaleidoscopic multiplicities in both natural and spiritual Realms.” (THJ)