Bea wants to know

Bea, a young Puerto Rican university student, wants to know more about her future and understand why, despite her efforts, her professional and personal life seems stagnated. She will find the answers to her questions through a medium of San Juan, who will propose that she take part in a spiritual cleansing ritual in order to expel bad energies that prevent her from being completely happy. Through the experiences of Bea and her friends, this film portrays the role played by popular religion in contemporary Puerto Rican society.

Bea wants to know (2010)
Running time: 40 min.
Directed by: Roger Canals

Roger Canals

Roger Canals (Barcelona, 1980) holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, with a specialty in Visual Anthropology, from l’Ecole des Hatues Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the Universitat de Barcelona. He has published various articles on visual anthropology and Afro-American religions in Catalan, Spanish, English and French and the book L’image nomade (Editions Universitaires Européennes, 2010). His first ethnographic film, The Many Faces of a Venezuelan Goddess (2007), which explores the cult of María Lionza in Venezuela, has received recognition and awards at several festivals. He currently works at the University of Barcelona as professor and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, as well as coordinator of the Masters Program in Visual Anthropology.


Bea wants to know. 2010. Jandikia Films.

The blood and the hen, 2008. CNRS-IMAGES. (Short film).

Visages d’une déesse vénézuélienne (The many faces of a Venezuelan Goddess), 2007. CNRS-Images, Cellule Audiovisuelle du IIAC.

Les coulisses de Sorte (Sorte’s backstage), 2006. CNRS-IMAGES.

Cançons d’un estiu a Clamecy (Songs of a summer Clamecy), 2004. University of Barcelona. (Film for the Master of Anthropology and Visual Communication of the University of Barcelona).