Scene from the film Cabbale Cannibal
Scene from the film Cabbale Cannibal
Scene from the film Cabbale Cannibal

Cabbale Cannibal

  • Spain
  • Switzerland
Audio Tracks 

Villamediana uses his family history to unravel hidden memories of kabbala in Spain. With contemporary images, found footage, archival material, film, literature and ancient Hebrew texts, he creates a new cinematic language for unearthing cultural history.

Fact and fiction mingle in a remarkably detailed film essay that utilises fascinating split-screen images to reveal how small elements in everyone's life are accidentally linked to major events in cultural history. Filmmaker and critic Daniel V. Villamediana tries to get a grip on hidden memories of Spanish kabbala using his family's Jewish history. He utilises the complex structure of a Hebrew text as the basis for a new cinematic language. Stories of diaspora, exile and exodus from family history meld with Spanish history in which heterodoxy, freedom and rebellion were always threatened. Villamediana lives in Germany and his films seek out cultural idiosyncrasies. Using his contemporary reality, the German context and this era, he manages to open history up to dig down to obscured memories. IFFR


  • Original Title
    Cábala caníbal
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Daniel V. Villamediana
  • Editing
    Daniel V. Villamediana
  • Music
    La reverencia, Divina Mysteria
  • Sound
    Alejandro Castillo
  • Runtime
    64 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Festival de Cine Europeo de Sevilla. November 2014
    • Rotterdam International film festival. January 2015
    • Cine Latino Film festival Tübingen. April 2015
    • DOCMA, Madrid, Casa encendida
    • Museo Reina Sofía de Madrid
    • International Film Festival of Curitiba Biennial - FICBIC, Brazil
    • IBERTIGO -Muestra de Cine Iberoamericano de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

Doc Alliance Members

Sign up to receive regular updates on our film program:

By signing up for the newsletter, I hereby consent to receiving commercial communications by electronic means and to all relevant personal data processing required for the purpose of sending the Doc-Air Distribution s.r.o. newsletter. I hereby confirm that I have read and familiarized myself with the Principles of Personal Data Processing and that I consent to the text therein. I also hereby acknowledge the rights specified herein, including, without limitation, the right to submit objections against direct marketing techniques.

Poslat svému Junioru