Private Project

Sabina's Shadow

In Huautla de Jiménez, magical land of Oaxaca, lives the spirit of a cosmic woman: María Sabina. People can see her, talk to her and also be healed by her from beyond. In that magical town lives Angel, a 12-year-old boy, an inheritor of this tradition, is preparing for his own shamanic initiation. While this story takes place, the director of this film is invited to live and experience in his own flesh the path of this ancestral practice.

  • Oliver Victoria
    Air In Unexpected Place, Once Upon A Time In Hungary, Lost Paradise
  • Oliver Victoria
    Air In Unexpected Place, Once Upon A Time In Hungary, Lost Paradise
  • Axel Muñoz Espino
    Sounding Talaveras (Short), Feel for Jacob (Short), Lost Paradise (Sound Design), Air In Unexpected Place (Sound Design)
  • Karl Lenin González
    Los Soneros del Tesechoacán, Los Jinetes del Tiempo, Interno, Una Isla en el Continente
  • Ernie Neto Schaeffer
    Colorist & Post supervisor of several films
  • Oliver Victoria
    Key Cast
  • José Ángel García
    Key Cast
  • Trinidad García
    Key Cast
  • José Pablo Escamilla
    Director of Photography
    Lost Paradise, Firefly, Sounding Talaveras (Short)
  • Israel Bañuelos
    Sound Design
    Once Upon A Time In Hungary, Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story, Salma's Big Wish,
  • Emmanuel Mendoza Zárraga
    Sound Recorder
  • Jorge García "Porri"
    Malacopa, Nosotros Los Nobles, A Tí Te Quería Encontrar, How To Break Up With Your Douchebag,
  • Ernie Neto Schaeffer
    Post Supervisor & Color Correction
    Los Soneros del Tesechoacán, Los Jinetes del Tiempo, Interno, Una Isla en el Continente
  • Carlos Cortés
    5.1 THX Mix
    The Sound of Metal, Nuestro Tiempo, La Tempestad and more than 60 films
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sabina Sombra
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Docudrama, Documentary, POV, Portrait, Social, Mystic
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 53 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    September 27, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    154,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Other, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Oliver Victoria

The great cataclysms of the earth, together with pataphysics, forced this Being to declare himself incompetent in the matter of normality. Realizing that he had no future in acting as a model human being, he rather decided to make movies. He studied journalism at the National University of Mexico, but only to realize that the only thing he wanted to do was images, then he got a scholarship to study film at Center of Design, Film and Tv. His first film "AIR IN UNEXPECTED PLACE" a documentary about the last lepers in Mexico, gave him the chance to study an all-paid masters in film called DocNomads, carried out in Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. In Europe he confirms his irreverent state infected with freedom, and thus he returns to Mexico with two new films, certainly strange films but very unique, his second film "ONCE UPON A TIME IN HUNGARY", an ode to nature and the basic principles of existence, a formally poetic film. In his third film "LOST PARADISE", a film that claims to be a documentary about Atlantis, but in reality it is a science fiction with philosophical tones, and worse, prophetic.

In 2016 he founded the production company MERCADO DE LUZ, with which he produces his fourth feature film SABINA´S SHADOW, a very personal and controversial story about shamanic ceremonies in the state of Oaxaca.

Since September 2017 he has been producing REPLICA, his biggest and most ambitious project to date, a film that shows many facets of the earthquake that destroyed hundreds of buildings in Mexico. Following the idea of Cinema as a political and social tools, the money collected at the box office will be donated in support of those affected by the earthquake.

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Director Statement

We wanted to discover the incredible. To know what a shaman was. To meet magic. We wanted to see the magicians, or to see the encounters with beings of light, with angels, and with Gods. The fact is that we were being consumed by a zone that seemed to have a life of its own. And nobody realized that. I know that this story can not be told here, like this, with written words. And I also know that, should not be told, we may be breaking with the hermetic code. But yes, this story was made beyond this earth, in other worlds.

All peoples have heroes, human beings who stopped being themselves, to become what others need. It seems that heroes are as necessary as a tree is. Even, perhaps, there can be no future without a hero. And because there are no schools to become heroes, one must be chosen, to be the only one, someone who manages to sustain others when the abyss of life seems to consume existence. In Huautla de Jiménez there is a very particular heroine, an almost mythological being, Maria Sabina, a woman who went down in history for her healing practices, helped by the power of the "Little Saints". The weight of his figure is such that there is a story before and after her. She performed ceremonies where incredible events occurred, talked with beings from beyond, danced and toasted with them drinking sugar cane aguardiente, had supernatural powers, predicted the future, unveiled the past and resurrected the dead. Today, 35 years after his death, his spirit is still alive. In the current ceremonies, the altars have images of her, people invoke her, and they can also see her from time to time. María Sabina is already a well-established mantra. However, I did not want to make a story about her, what interested me was what she had left behind, the consequence, her shadow. The spectrum of that shadow was much vaster than I imagined, the truth is that we faced the very infinite, the roads that open up when consuming the "Little Saints" are not only unexpected and uncontrollable, but also immeasurable. This film is my attempt to capture my beliefs of the beyond, taking Huautla's shamans as a starting point. Being me, in some way, a student who wants to start a trip, with or without return, and come back with a story to tell. The film we have today, is in the bubble of visual anthropology, also, in the performatic art with the experimentation of my own physical body, and it contains the sensorial virtue that gives us the true Cinema.

And as is already known, history always likes to return, and sometimes overreacted. Today, Huautla de Jiménez is a sacred place where consecrated healers exist and make good use of medicine, but it is also a market of psychedelic experiences; The amount of people who claim to be shamans is really incredible. To make this film, we had to find a future shaman and observe him closely, and we also had to enter the market to experience the variables. The story was recorded to be able to tell it, the questions are there, and the answers, hopefully, our grandchildren will find them.