Lord of Miracles

“Lord of Miracles” is an observational portrait of the annual procession of ‘El Senor de los Milagros’ in Lima, Peru, which revolves around the icon of Jesus Christ, set upon a one-ton wooden frame that moves through the center of Lima on the shoulders of La Hermandad del Senor de los Milagros (the Brotherhood of the Lord of Miracles). The icon is a replica of a centuries-old mural, originally painted by an Afro-Peruvian slave in the 17th century, one of the only structures left standing after a massive earthquake destroyed most of Lima in 1786. What began as a small cult practiced by Afro-Peruvians in the late 18th century has now spread all over the world and is one of the largest religious processions in the world. This film attempts to embed the viewer amidst the procession in an effort to illustrate the unique ways religious devotion is manifested in this celebration.

Christopher Newman

Christopher is a director, cinematographer and editor. His documentary short, ‘Finding D-QU,’ premiered at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival and screened at over 10 international film festivals. He is currently collaborating on an ethnographic film about the alpaca garment supply chain in Peru. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Patricia Alvarez

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Patricia Alvarez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology department at UC-Santa Cruz. Ηer photographic, video and installation work has been exhibited in the Caribbean and the US. Her interests explore ethnography and documentary and she has collaborated with independent documentary filmmakers in California. She is currently writing her dissertation and directing an ethnographic film on the supply chain of alpaca garments in Peru.