Penn Cinema and Media Studies presents
Rehavi is the third audiovisual text
released by Juan Castrillon about his research on Sufi Music in Istanbul. The
film combines narrative and interviews as a way of crafting a style of
ethnographic writing. The story of an old mechanical watch that is lost, found
and circulated by different owners refers the ways in which music and Sufism
resonate in Istanbul. The film lays out the tension between how the watch
sounds like, the aural perspective each of the characters use to valuate it,
and the unexpected encounter with its new owner. The film presents a
contemporary view of the profound philosophy of time and the animistic
relationship between clocks and human beings, which have been some of the main
themes of the Muslim culture in Turkey.
The film has a length of 30 minutes, and it is spoken in Spanish
and Turkish languages with English subtitles.
Juan Castrillon is anthropologist with
8+years of experience researching Sufi music practices in Turkey, and 3+ years
researching Amazonian sonic practices in Colombia. His intellectual agenda
explores the relation of bodies interacting with sound and general theories
about space, imagination, and composite anatomies. Currently, he is a
third-year graduate student in ethnomusicology at the Department of Music of
the University of Pennsylvania.