Ackyla is birthed as the fifth element, the subtile life force. Pure energy defining itself through the art of movement, dancing with the four elements, water, air, earth and fire.

  • Cosmina Voica
    Creative Director
  • Carlos Saéz Arguello
    Recorded & Edited
    Creative Producer
  • Cosmina Voica
    Actress & Dancer
  • Angela Nedel
    Designe & Seamdress
  • Gabriela Ozorio
    Braids in the hair
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    333 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Full Frame 35mm
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Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Country: Spain
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Cosmina Voica

My name is Cosmina Voica, I was born on August 19, 1990 in Orastie (Hunedoara) a city in the center-west of Romania. After an experimental, wild and happy childhood, at the age of 12 my family fell apart and my life took a 180 degree turn and as a result, I ended up in Spanish lands, in Logroño (La Rioja). Here my family structure is reformed in a somewhat chaotic way and under the instinct of survival. But I coming from a very hard-working, fighting and revolutionary family, I manage to carry out my university studies (Degree in Business Administration and Management) while working as a waitress to support myself and at the age of 21 I begin to re-educate myself in my own way, taking up my dreams again. , dance, music and movement. I confess that the educational system has slowed me down more than it has driven me, which is why I consider myself a self-taught and pragmatic person.

At the age of 26 I started my first business, directing a space for education in movement through dance and sport. Here it allowed me to create the necessary opportunities to evolve personally, professionally and spiritually through physical, mental, emotional and energetic work.

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Director Statement

This project began during confinement (COVID-19), a great challenge between Carlos, a very good friend, and myself with the desire to express our talents. He had a tremendous desire to get the most of his cameras and I to get my juice and dare to be the protagonist of my creation. Carlos had been insisting for a long time that we should create something together, and that's how he encouraged me to start this daring and wonderful artistic journey.

In July 2020 we embarked for Las Bardenas Reales (Navarra), although in the short film we started with Water, the first recording was really Tierra. We had a crazy day, him learning to handle his cameras and I allowing myself to dance with the landscape and freeing my being. At the end of the day, we were so mesmerized by the process and the outcome that we knew immediately that this was the way to go. The meaning we wanted to give to the project was discovered by walking, through self-knowledge, allowing myself to feel life as it is and taking an attitude of continuous improvement.

The short film reflects ´The cycle of life´, according to my deepest sense, and with the intention of mimicking the four elements, being me the fifth, in order to transcend them and free myself from the ties of repetitive karmic cycles.

The birth of WATER and reaching the surprising world to let yourself be invaded by sounds, smells, textures, colors and flavors. Take flight and let yourself be carried away by the AIR in search of experiences, learn to hug yourself so that the cold loneliness does not freeze your heart, fall to EARTH and get the courage to move with subtlety and courage in the game of life, learn to play with the dance of duality and root yourself to mother earth. Activate the FIRE within, burn ancient structures leaving space and connect all the strength and power within to create myself at my best. In short, this short film is an expression of my deepest feelings, crying inside through art, fighting, laughing and empowering myself.

They collaborated in the creation of the dress and my braiding, Angela (my beloved mother) and Gabriela, although the great challenge of this creation has been the total work of two newbies, Carlitos and me. We managed to take the first step towards this wonderful world!

THANKS to me, my friend Carlos, and these two wonderful women for making it possible. Thanks to you for giving us the opportunity to share our short film.