“Barrunto” is a word used in Puerto Rico to refer to a bodily unrest, an omen or a forecast sensed via signals present in the environment (such as when rain is forecast through aches and pains or when ants emerge anticipating an earthquake). “Barrunto” is a way of thinking with surface and subconscious, underfoot and underground.
barrunto is a speculative narrative informed by poetry and theories of quantum entanglement across diasporic distance. An intimate exploration of grief and resistance in shifting landscapes of loss, from the streets to the bed; in sites of displacement, nuclear contamination and military occupation from Scotland to Puerto Rico; from the bottom of the ocean to the planet Uranus; using digital, archival and 16mm film hand-processed in “grief tea”.
by Emilia Beatriz
with Shanti Lalita, Harry Josephine Giles, Alicia Matthews, Ángela Ginorio
United Kingdom / Puerto Rico 2024 Spanish, English, Scottish Gaelic, Subtitles: English, Spanish 70' Colour & Black/White World premiere | Documentary form


  • Shanti Lalita (Voz Elemental)
  • Harry Josephine Giles (URAN(i)O)
  • Alicia Matthews (Narrator)
  • Ángela Ginorio


DirectorEmilia Beatriz
MusicShanti Lalita
Sound DesignClaude Nouk
TranslationNicole Cecilia Delgado
ArchiveAndrés Nieves, Archivo Histórico de Vieques

Produced by

barrunto productions

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Screen Scotland

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Lux Scotland

Glasgow, United Kingdom

La Impresora

Isabela, Puerto Rico

World Sales

barrunto productions

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Emilia Beatriz

Emilia Beatriz is an artist, access-worker and beekeeper-in-study. Their films weave historical and speculative narratives, centering sensorial/poetic storytelling, dreaming and action, grounded in conversation, oral history and community archiving. They use film, photography, text, sound and performance to witness and build embodied stories of presence and resistance. Beatriz is co-founder of Collective Text, a collaborative working process committed to practicing disability justice and supporting accessibility in art and film through creative captioning, audio description and interpretation.


2014 P-O-S-S-E-S-S-I-O-N (<3); video installation, 19 min. 2019 conversación con ana elisa; video installation, 54 min. · a forecast, a haunting, a crossing, a visitation; video installation, 54 min. 2022 a crossing (1698-2003); 10 min. 2024 barrunto

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Programme 8


Wed Feb 21 19:00

Arsenal 1

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Fri Feb 23 18:00

Cinema Betonhalle@Silent Green

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Sat Feb 24 10:00

Arsenal 1

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