Bea wants to know




Ritual, Puerto Rico, Afro-America, Divination, Spirit Possession


Bea is a young Puerto Rican university student living in San Juan. Despite her efforts, her professional and personal life seem to have deteriorated. She has broken up with her boyfriend and the relationship with her parents is getting worse. Besides, she dreams of travelling, but she doesn’t have the money to do so. She decides to go to see several mediums in order to understand why everything is going wrong. She will find the answers to her questions through Pedro, a Peruvian-born medium based in San Juan, who will encourage her to take part in a spiritual cleansing ritual to expel the negative energies which prevent her from being completely happy. More precisely, Pedro will organise a ritual made up of three phases: a spiritual cleansing with a white dove, a purification ritual in a tropical river and an offering to the sea. At the end of the film, Bea will have to spiritually purify her own house by going into all the rooms with a white dove.

Author Biography

Roger Canals, University of Barcelona

Roger Canals is a lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Barcelona.




How to Cite

Canals, R. (2018). Bea wants to know. Journal of Anthropological Films, 2(1), e1541.