Private Project

Idle Worship

This film takes you into the journey of a woman's awakening, it is a visual representation that aims to cover and symbolise women stepping into a womanhood that is not built on the foundation of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional). In the end, we see a woman standing, basking in light, freedom from the burdens of existing through a womanhood that is oppressive.

  • Ariel Casimiro
  • Jaliya The Bird
  • Ariel Casimiro
  • Jaliya
    Key Cast
    "Jaliya The Bird"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Other
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
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  • Bioscope Nights
    South Africa
    November 8, 2019
    South African Premiere
  • Kassemba
    September 22, 2019
    Private Screening
  • ARTS & SDGS Festival
    New York
    United States
    April 15, 2020
    Worldwide Premieree
    Official Selection
  • Cadence Poetry Film Festival
    United States
    April 15, 2020
    Washington Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival de Cortometraje Universitario UVAQ

    November 10, 2020
    Mexico Premiere
    Honourable Mention
  • The Loeries Awards
    South Africa
    November 18, 2020
  • RTF2020online Film Festival
    April 8, 2020
    West Africa Premiere
    Best Spoken Word Video
  • SeaMor Short FIlm Festival

    United Kingdom
    October 17, 2020
    UK Premiere
    Nominated for best Artist Film
  • Social Change Film Festical
    United States
    October 8, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Weimar Poetry Film Award
    October 22, 2020
    Europe Premiere
  • ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival
    September 23, 2020
    Europe Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Helios Sun Poetry Film Festival
    Ciudad de México
    December 24, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Shorts@Fringe
    June 4, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Meraki Film Festival
    February 5, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Porsche Awards
    May 31, 2021
    Online Selection
Director Biography - Ariel Casimiro

Having moved from Angola to South Africa when I was 7 years old and spending 17 years in the country, I could say I’m more South African than Angolan. The great thing though about growing up in South Africa though is that, South Africa is the epicentre of Africa, I like to call it the “African Babylon”. One gets exposed to almost every African culture that it has ended up having quite an influence on my work.

I have tried to take this mindset when I enrolled in Film school in South Africa at the Tshwane University of Technology where I managed to get a B-Tech (honours degree) and majoring in scriptwriting. Although many times I have diverted from my objective of telling African stories, I somehow seem to always come back to it.

This deviation has ended up leading me to a career in the advertising industry where I have been lucky enough to work at quite a few prestigious productions companies such as Ola Films and have been predominately working on thus field when I got back home in Angola in 2018.

Having faced many challenges while coming back to a less developed film industry in Angola in comparison to South Africa’s film industry, I have come full circle to my initial flicker that has gotten me into storytelling; which is to tell African stories.

As I have honed my voice, I have come to realize that this is my purpose and what I will fight for. I believe that we as African filmmakers should show how beautiful our African culture is. Make the rest of the world adore and praise our African culture the way Hollywood has done it.

So I aim to always show Africans as authentically as I can be it in Advertising, Music Videos or fiction.

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Director Statement

Statement from the Poet:

"I wrote Idle Worship for women.
For how we're taught a womanhood that centers men and catering to them. A womanhood in which we have to contort and bend ourselves to follow the scripts of patriarchy. We perform beauty, seduction, purity, politeness, softness... etc. for the male gaze.
A womanhood in which we endure the violence of patriarchy through physical violence, sexual violence, emotional violence.
Idle Worship is a call to a womanhood that's rebellious.
When the foundation of the woman you have built with the scripts of the patriarchy is shaken, dethroning the men you have placed at the centre of your womanhood, I hope you crown yourself as king."
- Jaliya The Bird