MARIETTA – Pasiones y Rituales is a feature length documentary directed by Olivia Emes starring Cuban pianist and composer Marietta Veulens.
Torn between her native Cuba and her decision to emigrate to the UK, Marietta Veulens takes us through her journey to complete her lifelong project and latest album, Passions and Rituals. Marietta returns to her hometown of Matanzas to perform the music from her album for the first time. Reinventing classical rhythms and musical form, she rewrites Cuban tradition as she combines classical and popular Cuban music with Afro-Cuban, contemporary and jazz, ultimately finding her true voice.
The film chronicles the journey of one woman’s creativity from young girl to adulthood, on a quest to find her unique voice as a musician and seek ways of expression outside of a patriarchal society. We meet the circle of women, healers and goddesses who nourished and supported her and hear the story behind her courage to cross boundaries and borders through her music.