LORD OF MIRACLES
Documentary Short (2012)
Lord of Miracles is an observational portrait of the annual procession of ‘El Señor de los Milagros’ in Lima, Peru. At the heart of this Catholic procession is the icon of Jesus Christ, set upon a one-ton wooden frame that moves through the center of Lima on the shoulders of La Hermandad del Señor de los Milagros (the Brotherhood of the Lord of Miracles). The icon is a replica of a centuries old mural, originally painted by an Afro-Peruvian slave in the 17th century. The painted wall was one of the only structures left standing after a massive earthquake destroyed most of Lima in 1786. What began as a small cult practiced by Afro-Peruvians in the late 18th century has now spread all over the world and is one of the largest religious processions in the world. This film attempts to embed the viewer amidst the procession in an effort to illustrate the unique ways religious devotion is manifested in this celebration. Prayer, song and the physical carrying of the icon are highlighted as rituals that have been maintained over centuries in reverence of ‘The Lord of Miracles.'
Filmed by Chris Newman and Patricia Alvarez
Edited by Chris Newman
Produced by Mariella Stuart Pando