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Energy of Capoeira

Feature documentary about art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance.

“About Capoeira was all and still is about Freedom”
Anina Derkovič

Energy of Capoeira

Feature documentary: 52’
director: Erik Kapfer
Film IT production

Anina: Personality and Life

Since being a teenager, Anina Derkovič has been fascinated by the human body
and body movement. Searching for the right form of expression for herself, she
practiced karate as a teenager but later switched to dancing and wild rave parties.

During her college years at the Faculty of Theology, she discovered the power and
diversity of religions and became very much engaged in exploring the limits of the
spirit. After graduation, she completed specialization in couple and family therapy
and became a skilled Capoiera pracitioner, who has, till today, been seeking for diversity, depth and usefulness of Capoiera in everyday life.

Capoiera: Then and Now

Capoiera is an art form that combines martial arts, music, dance and singing.
It was created in Brazil in the sixteenth century by slaves brought from Africa,
who practiced Capoiera as a concealed method of training in their fight for liberation
under the yoke of their masters. The word itself is Portuguese and literally translates
as “chicken fight”, which demonstrates the slave owners’ (mis) understanding and
understatement of Capoiera.

Today, Capoiera is still a great part of social and cultural life; a number of varieties are performed, each having its own meaning and purpose – from having a traditionally ritual, sporting and entertaining function to being misused with aggressive and criminal intents.

Anina and Capoiera

The protagonist of the documentary, Anina Derkovič, sets out once again on her journey to Brasil to research the roots of Capoiera. A couple of years ago, she had already spent a few months in communities, where Capoiera originates from. She had been accepted and iniciated by the local Capoiera masters and therefore introduced into the secrets of this diverse and dynamic skill.

Coming back to Slovenia, she realized she was completely absorbed and charmed by Capoiera. Working as a marital and family therapist and so dealing with problems and challenges in relationships, she began to see similarities between sparring in pairs at Capoiera and conflicts in everyday human relations.
The protagonist of the documentary, Anina Derkovič, sets out once again on her journey to Brasil to research the roots of Capoiera.

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