Pura Fe

Toni Serra / Abu Ali

In videotape Pura Fe [Pure Faith] train rides thru New York City and reflects in a window with "John the Apostole" written over it. There's a giant cross framed from metalic structures and a metodist church. A lone Puerto Rican preacher in Los Sures in Brooklyn passionately teaches on a street corner thru overdriven guitar amplifier and blesses gathered people, before he starts preaching directly into camera.

Pure Fe is one of Toni Serra/Abu Ali's earliest video works, nevertheless the 6 minute long video holds themes which will stay present throught the rest of his career. Somewhere on the crossing of documentary and video art, Pura Fe is a creation of an affectionate and responsive observer, rather then an industry director executing pre-made script. Toni Serra/Abu Ali's fascination with religion and spirituality shows thru this tape as he documents praying faces with the same sensibility with which later he would document sacred walls of Medina in Morocco for CCCB installation (2002), or in Al Barzaj (2010).

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Pura Fe
  • Direction: Toni Serra / Abu Ali
  • Production: 1991.
  • Duration: 00:06:42
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright