Marcia Theophilo

Among the Leaves

Crumpled paper balls are picked up from the road. Agile hands transform them into pages of a book, on which the images show parts of a broken car dispersed in the grass. What is the meaning of this? It is revealed when the hands begin to flip through the pages, bringing the poem to light.

Marcia Theophilo (born 1941 in Fortaleza) is a Brazilian poet. She studied in Rio de Janeiro, San Paulo and Rome, where she graduated in anthropology. She is nominated for the Nobel Prize and lives between Rome and Brazil. She has published short stories, essays, and several books of poetry. The Amazon rainforest is the topic of Marcia’s life and work: its river, people, myths, the animal and plant life, and the effort and persistence to save the Amazon’s natural and cultural heritage.

title: Among the Leaves
technique: Experimental video
length: 5’01”
year: 2013
poem: Marcia Theophilo
video: Maria Korporal

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The night of harmony

“The night of harmony”, a film by Maria Korporal on a poem by Marcia Theophilo.

The night of harmony

In the forest exist
more eyes than leaves
more hearts than stones
it’s the night of harmony
just one night – one night a year
and you never know which one it will be
the hearts of all the animals
light up bright
the bodies disappear
and as many lights wander in the woods
as stars in the sky
it’s the night of harmony
they don’t devour each other
nor do they know each other
the jaguar and the tapir meet
the crocodile and the pirarucu
the toucan and the anaconda
the butterfly and the iguana
the falcon king and the macaque
it’s the night of harmony
just for one night
in the forest exist
more eyes than leaves
more hearts than stones.

The poem has been published in the book “Amazzonia sempre”, ed. Cooperativa Darwin > website

title: The night of harmony
technique: Experimental video and animation
length: 8’53”
year: 2012
images, animation and sound: Maria Korporal
poem: Marcia Theophilo
recording background sound: dobroide