As it is

s it is
"Humanity in a never ending journey, our search of self-discovery......Represented by two misfitted characters and their conflicted emotions. A parable about Life and us."
This Story is part of The Two Kingdoms release and the Project GROWING LIKE THE WIND.

  • Arema Arega
    Director
  • Arema Arega
    Writer
  • Arema Arega
    Producer
  • Daniel Francis-Berenson
    Key Cast
    "Narrator"
  • Arema Arega
    Animation
  • Arema Arega
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    art film, animation
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Spain
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Toronto International Women Film Festival 2021
    Toronto
    Canada
    October 7, 2021
    Official Selection - Soundtrack
  • Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF) 2021
    Nazaret
    Israel
    Official Selection - Soundtrack
  • Hollywood Art and Movie Awards 2022
    Hollywood
    United States
    Official Selection - Finalist - Soundtrack
  • New York Independent Cinema Awards 2022
    New York
    United States
    Official Selection - Soundtrack
  • 8 & Halfilm Awards 2022
    Rome
    Italy
    Winner - Best Animation
  • Florence Film Awards 2022
    Florence
    Italy
    Official Selection
  • Stockholm Film Television Festival - 2022
    Stockholm
    Official Selection- Finalist - Soundtrack - The Two Kingdoms
  • Serbest International Film Festival (SIFF) 2022
    Kishinev
    Moldova, Republic of
    Official Selection
  • Bristol Independent Film Festival 2022
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection - Soundtrack
  • European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) 2022
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    Official Selection - Soundtrack
Director Biography - Arema Arega

BIO

Arema Arega, Voronezh, cold summer of 79, is a cuban singer-songwriter, music producer, painter and fashion designer, living in Barcelona. Born from an Ethiopian father and a Cuban mother, her work, both pictorial and musical, are the result of this mixture. There are Blues with Son, Bossa with Jazz, Folk with Funk and ChaChaCha. Everything under the tropical influence of Cuba.

She is also one of Winners of the VII Premio de Ibermúsicas for Songwriters and one of the artists on the album Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura : The Search Continues and the Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: Anthology. She was also invited by Bahama Soul Club to collaborate on their Albums The Cuban Tapes, The Havana ´58 , The Havana Remixes,"Bohemia After Dawn" and the Club des Belugas's Album Nine. The EP Blue Bossa - My Feeling released by Ramrock Records is a collaboration with the UK artist Born74. Her last releases, as a solo artist, are the Albums The Red Soundtracks, The Blue Soundtracks: The Light Seekers Journey and singles that are all part of The Soundtracks by Arema Arega, a developing project created as a score for an imaginary film, where she composes, produces, arranges and also makes her own music videos to introduce the listener to her cinematic world.

Radio:
Played on BBC, JazzFM, WorldWideFM, RNE, Catalunya Ràdio, Radio Gladys Palmera, Totally Wired Radio, Soho Radio London, 6TownsRadio, FipRadio, RTBF (Belgium), RTVE (Spain), Cuban National Radio & TV, RaiRadio3...

Some Press:
https://www.tarantobuonasera.it/news/92545/da-cuba-a-barcellona-il-sound-di-arema-arega/
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/nov/13/gilles-peterson-presents-havana-cultura-review
https://somethingelsereviews.com/2019/02/11/arema-arega-red-soundtracks/
https://gladyspalmera.com/actualidad/noche-azul-lonely-lovers/
https://gladyspalmera.com/actualidad/night-of-love-de-arema-arega/

Music Video NATURAL JAZZ
*Selected for New York Jazz Film Festival

*Winner of the Ibermúsicas VII Singer-Songwriter Contest 2020 with the song SOY
http://ibermusicas.org/index.php/ganadores/

Electronic Life MUSIC VIDEO Oficial Selection of:
*Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival 2022

The Two Kingdoms by Arema Arega
(Soundtrack of the animation AS IT IS)
- OFFICIAL SELECTION -
*Toronto International Women Film Festival - 2021
*Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF) - 2021
*Hollywood Art and Movie Awards - 2022 (Finalist)
*New York Independent Cinema Awards - 2022
* 8 & Halfilm Awards (Rome) - 2022 (Winner Best Animation)
*Florence Film Awards
*Stockholm Film Television Festival - 2022 (Finalist)
*Serbest International Film Festival - 2022 (SIFF) (Semi-Finalist)
*Bristol Independent Film Festival - 2022 (Soundtrack)
*European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) - 2022 (Soundtrack)

INTENSELY (Animation)
- OFFICIAL SELECTION -
*uMgungundlovu Film Festival (South Africa) - 2022

Releases
2011 - Havana Cultura Compilation by Gilles Peterson
2013 - The Cuban Tapes - Album (Bahama Soul Club) feat. Artist
2014 - Mirando al Mar (Single)
2015 - Where I belong (Single)
- Fresco (Single)
- Why (Single)
2016 - Havana 58 - Album (Bahama Soul Club) feat. Artist
- Havana Cultura Anthology
2017 - Natural Jazz (Single)
2018 - Natural Jazz - TheRemix (Single)
- Blue Bossa - My Feeling (EP) Born74 & Arema Arega
- The Traveler
2019 - The Red Soundtracks - Album
- The Blue Soundtracks - The Light Seekers Journey
- Christmas song (Single) Arema Arega & Cinematic
- Wherever you are (Single)
- Que la Conga (Single)
- Natural Jazz Remixes (EP)
2020 - Bohemia After Dawn - Album (Bahama Soul Club) feat. Artist
- Electronic Life (Single)
- Shake (Single)
- Mango (EP) Bahama Soul Club & Arema Arega
- Night of Love (Single)
- I see you in the Sunlight (Single)
- Lonely Lovers (Single)
- Acapella Session (EP)
- So Wrong (Single)
- They Never Came Back (Single)
2021 - I Saw You in the Wind (Single)
- No Time to Regret (Single)
- All will be Over - Awakening (Single)
- SOY (Single)
- Pushing Boundaries (Mad) (Single)
- That Cuban Rhythm (EP) ( with Born74, feat. Regis Molina)
- La Serpiente de mi tierra (Single)
- Always in the air
- The Two Kingdoms
2022 - Dream of Life, Dream of Love

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Director Statement

The Two Kingdoms: 

"With the Desert as their landscape and the wind guiding their steps, The Two Kingdoms are driven by their will to the uncertain future..."

This musical piece is the Soundtrack of the Animated Story
AS IT IS

"Humanity in a never ending journey, our search for self-discovery......Represented by two misfitted characters and their conflicted emotions. A parable about Life and us."

The Core of my Animation is basically the Storytelling, it was born from a story I made a long time ago, to a little girl and she was the one who asked me to write it down, but it wasn't until last year that I finished (using Arc Studio Pro for the first time) :

"More than a year ago I decided to translate the story to create an English version. Daniel Francis-Berenson, the actor and voice over, who you will hear on "As it is" helped me with the translation. It took a few days to finish it and then we sent it to the artist, David Bernson, who read it and helped us put the finishing touches on it. After this, we only had to record it, but as we were working on other projects we didn't. A few months later, while I was in the kitchen, the first melodies of "The Two Kingdoms" began to ring in my ears, with those tricks that only the muse can do. I just stopped scrubbing the plates and turned on the computer to start recording; I didn't have time to write the music, I just played all the arrangements of each instrument, directly on the keyboard, assigning the sounds as I was singing them, to get the ideas out of my head... It was like an unstoppable stream of jumping melodies, and so after 2 or 3 days of intense work, I had in front of me the piece "The Two Kingdoms". Almost like magic, everything made sense. Now it was finally time to record the voiceover. When we finished, I mixed and mastered the project. After that I worked on the animation that is the first of my Stories to be published and I feel now the urge to continue creating short animations for the rest of the stories. So this seems just the beginning of it"

This animation is part of a Project called GROWING LIKE THE WIND a collection of short stories about the human nature, its dreams, fears and philosophical paths, told in the form of parables and fables.

Many Thanks