Oumi is the third and final part of From nothing to something to something else, a series of three portraits of teenagers. While the first two films followed groups of three and four youngsters, Oumi focuses on just one girl quietly improvising with objects around her, singing, and often withdrawn in her own thoughts. The sensorial, intimate aural presence of her breathing and her voice contrasts with the sensation of witnessing an inner world one has no access to.
In Oumi, as in the first two parts of the trilogy, Bella, Maia and Nick (2018) and Caco João, Mava and Rebecca (2019), the teenagers were only instructed to explore and improvise with sound, movement or whatever else came up, allowing themselves to play, experiment or just do nothing. All three films avoid building up tension and deviate from working towards an aim. Instead they explore the timespan between the already and the not yet, the time of potentiality.
With Oumi Niang
Cinematography Artur Castro Freire
2nd camera and image editing Manon de Boer
Sound recording, editing and mix Laszlo Umbreit
Color grading Loup Brenta at Cobalt
Produced by Auguste Orts and Centro de Creación Contemporánea Matadero Madrid
Supported by Beursschouwburg Brussels, LUCA School of Arts and Friends of Auguste Orts Fund