Private Project

Story as Medicine: Dark Witch, White Shaman

The project titled Story as Medicine: Dark Witch, White Shaman is a peculiar mixture of video essay, personal documentary and experimental film, assembled by a combination of archival footage from the author's life, video diaries and AI-generated photographs.
In this short artistic film, the author tells the story of her life and touches on the themes of spiritual healing, embodiment and transformation, which are connected to the process of accepting and healing trauma with the help of music, art and dance. It was created with the aim of giving the viewer an insight into both the everyday and the intimate space of the author's work, through monitoring the lifelong process of growing up and observing the undergoing metamorphosis.

This project is also the authors master's thesis project at ALUO University of Ljubljana, majoring in video and new media.

  • Amadea Ris
  • Amadea Ris
  • Amadea Ris
  • Amadea Ris
    Key Cast
  • Kristjan Hacin
    Music developers
  • Nils Wu Rosker
    Music developers
  • Boris Romih
    Sound Postproduction
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Zgodba kot Zdravilo : Črna Vešča, Beli Vrač
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Slovenian
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Akademija za likovno umetnost in oblikovanje v Ljubljani
Director Biography - Amadea Ris

Amadea Ris is an interdisciplinary young artist born in 1994 in Postojna, Slovenia. She holds a Degree in Art Pedagogy from the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana and is currently completing her Master's thesis in the department of Video and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana.
In 2018 she lend her face and her story in collaboration with Agency 101 for UNICEF's campaign against sexual abuse of children, titled : A real-life escape room, in which she performed desguised as a guide of the escape room, where she shared her true story on a real scene of the happenings and then revealed her true self. The campaign impacted greatly on the number of sexual abuse reports in the country (increased for 20%).
In 2021/22 she collaborated with Matic Štamcar who was directing Slovenian editions of Free Spirits series for that years season and she was one of the three people who had their own 8-minute short story shared.
Besides this breaking the silence motif, she is passionate about discovering mythical, archetypal and symbolic content and creates according to her inner compass. Her creativity is reflected in a wide variety of ways, from intuitive abstract paintings created with the help of everyday paper bills, to illustrations, new media and even a set of tarot cards, called ~ The Isness Tarot, made from using the Klexography technique of creating mirrored patterns.
After winning the prize for the Most Promising Young Author up to 27 years old with her painting Spiritual Warfare at the painting expo Extempore Bled, October 2022, she joined the society of artists Atelje Bled.
Culturally, she is also active as a curator of art exhibitions in Žmauc Bar – Žmauč's brother and brother's friend, a legendary bar in Ljubljana whose collective provides young artists with a space to represent themselves by organizing diverse, both local and international art shows.

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Director Statement

Stories are medicine and it is enough to listen to them, because when we listen to a story, its lesson is imprinted deep within us. Namely, they contain medicines to repair or recall any lost psychic drive and awaken the functioning of the natural instinctual psyche. Thus, female vitality can be regained through extensive "psychological-archaeological" excavations in the ruins of the female underworld.

"Behind ancient rituals there has always been a sacred spirit, and we tell stories when prompted by their agreement with us."
- Estes, C. Pinkola (2003). Women Who Run with the Wolves

When we talk about the story as medicine, we are talking about the softening of the scar tissue left behind by the consequences of trauma. We are talking about archetypes for healing old wounds, about the process of creating a new spiritual visualization that taps into the restoration of the old skills of the Life / Death / Life cycle - as Clarissa Pinkola Estes likes to call it - through which the soul becomes really visible, tangible and truly alive.