Isla Santa Maria 3D

Isla Santa Maria – according to myth – is an island formed from the wreckage of a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’s ships, created for the World’s Columbian Exposition 1893 in Chicago. Based on this myth, Isla Santa Maria 3D draws together the violent colonialist legacy of Columbus with developments of perspective drawing and stereoscopic image-making as two histories that reordered the way we see the world. The film’s cast of characters – a dancing conquistador, an oracle appearing as a floating hologram, a group of representatives from another planet, and a flock of Victorian era revelers on a beach – are pulled out of time into a nonlinear narrative that overlaps histories, truths, and fantasies to re-imagine possible futures.
by Oliver Husain
with Liz Peterson, Naishi Wang
Canada 2016 English 18’ Colour


  • Liz Peterson (Dr. Hologram)
  • Naishi Wang (Conquistador)


Written and Directed by Oliver Husain
Cinematography Iris Ng
Editing Oliver Husain
Music Michelle Irving
Sound Design Michelle Irving
Sound Michelle Irving
Production Design Oliver Husain
Costumes Stuart Farndell
Make-Up Buzz Buzz
Commissioned by Images Festival and Gallery TPW, Toronto
Producer Oliver Husain

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Oliver Husain

Oliver Husain is an artist and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. His films and videos have been shown internationally at a variety of locations in solo and group exhibitions and in numerous film festivals and screenings.

Filmography (selection)

1999 Ron & Leo; 13 min. 2002 Q; 16 min. 2005 Swivel; 15 min. · Shrivel; 8 min. · Squiggle; 22 min. 2007 Rushes for Five Hats; 13 min. 2008 Mount Shasta; 8 min. 2009 Purfled Promises; 8 min. 2012 Item Number; 15 min. 2013 Parade; 11 min. 2016 Isla Santa Maria 3D

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017