A Spell to Ward off the Darkness
(Ben Rivers, Ben Russell, 98 min)
A Spell to Ward oﬀ the Darkness follows a single character at three disparate moments in his life: alone
in the wilderness of Northern Finland, as one member of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian
island, and as the singer of a neo-pagan black metal band in Norway. Taken as a whole, these three
moments signal a radical proposition for the creation of utopia in the present.
Starring musician Robert AA Lowe (Lichens, Om) and co-directed by artists Ben Rivers (UK) and Ben
Russell (USA), A Spell to Ward oﬀ the Darkness lies somewhere between ﬁction and non-ﬁction - it is
at once a record of experience and an experience unto itself, an inquiry into transcendence that
envisions the cinema as a site for profound transformation.
Director Ben Russell and actor Robert AA Lowe will be in attendance.