Through Romulo, a middle-aged man, college history student, and living on the outskirts of Salvador, this hybrid documentary by David Aynan sets out to investigate the lives and experience of black men. Furthermore, we observe the questionings about the presence – or rather, absence – of paternity within this context. ‘An Essay on Absence’ is an uneasiness in the debate on masculinity. What are the limits of presence?
David Aynan David Aynan holds a BA in Film and Audiovisual from the Federal University of Recôncavo, in the state of Bahia. He works in direction, sound design, and editing. He is a founding member of the Movimento de Cinema Negro Tela Preta (Black Screen Black Cinema Movement) and an consultant for APAN (Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals).