Project Description

In Senegal, Animism is based on the idea that everything is sentient: entities such as the ocean have a spirit or a soul; a ‘personhood’. The film demonstrates an animistic sensibility through the concept of luck. The line, ‘Luck is Alive’, encapsulates Animism’s relation to the world: a sense of the aliveness of chance and believing in luck. Through his belief in luck, our protagonist is led to the water – where he finds ultimate freedom. The film features Damme Samb (21), a surfer and believer in Animism, from Dakar, Senegal – a predominantly Muslim country on the African West Coast.


Director: Paul Ward
Production Company: Giant Films

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