Vera

 

Vera is an extension of the Ex-Voto project, focussing on the life of Orthodox nun Vera, whose powerful portrait is central to the Ex-Voto series. These are accompanying stills to the film Vera, which is currently in progress. The short film (available to view soon) will be shown at this year’s Rencontres d’Arles as part of the New Discovery Award. The longer version is co-directed with Marie Cécile-Embleton.

Shot in black and white in a lyrical, documentary style, Vera takes us from the hidden, religious world of the Belarusian convent to rural farmland, where men and women facing personal and social difficulties live and work. It is here that Vera expresses her deep connection with the horses that she looks after as part of her obedience (religious duty). The film is narrated by Vera as she tells her story of finding faith as a young woman and the impact it has had on her emotionally and spiritually.