Private Project

Tërra Bëstia

Tërra Bëstia is a hybrid video-poetic work that explores the intersection of queer identity and Christian eschatological narrative. Against the backdrop of a biodiverse wasteland, disputed and threatened by a looming layer of bitumen, the eponymous creature of Catholic mythology emerges, defying traditional demonization and embracing a contemporary prophetic vision. Through vivid gestures and a discourse that seems to be caught between heaven and earth, Tërra Bëstia presents a commentary on the ultimate destiny of humanity.

  • Raphë
  • Liana Paré
  • Raphë
  • Raphë
  • Liana Paré
    Direction of Photography
  • Liana Paré
    Video Editor
  • Étienne Lapierre
    Music Composer
  • Studio Machine
    Sound Mixing Studio
  • Raphë
    Writter (Poetry)
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Language:
    English, French
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  • Student Project:
  • Parai International Musical Awards
    Winner Best Dance Music Video
  • Near Nazareth International Film Festival
  • 6th Music Film Festival
    Buenos Aires
    Official Selection
  • FilmFest by Rogue Dancer
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Raphë, Liana Paré

The fusional duo Raphë & Liana Paré collaborate on several visual compositions of poetry through image and video.

Raphë (pronounced ra-fee) is a queer artist working with performance, visual arts, video and martial movement based in Montreal. Raphë's practice centers on exploring the limits of the queer body in relation to handmade costumes. His work is made up of sculptural performances taking place in denied spaces, the gestures of which evolve over a long time. Raphë's work is presented in Canada & Australia, disseminated mainly in places associated with the subculture.

Liana Paré is a self-taught videographer, editor and photographer, recognized for her capture of spontaneous and eloquent images. Initiated to video in her youth by capturing big jazz bands with her musician father, Liana acquired international experience filming musicians from folk and bush scenes in Melbourne & on tour with the Kalabanté circus in Africa. Based in Montreal, Liana works, in addition to her personal creative projects, in the capture of living art (Les Escales Improbables de Montréal, the Festival des Arts de Ruelle) as well as in intimate performances by artists (Pomme, Mateo, Kid Be Kid etc.).

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Director Statement

We made Tërra Bëstia because, after collaborating for many years, we observed a strong common obsession for wasteland, abandoned objects and people left behind. Growing up, industrial wastelands were for both of us a refuge to foster our overflowing imagination, a land of inspiration and a meeting point to other weirdos like us. Over time, we became aware and sensitive to its beauty and began to regard them as modern sacred grounds; commemorating our past and possessor of clues to our shattered society’s future. It is a film about the reappropriation of abandoned places while the spirit inhabiting the land congnisant of its upcoming apocalypse.