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La Noche Navegable

Iñigo Salaberria


The faces, the bodies, the landscape of black Africa fills with the colours of the dresses of all its inhabitants. La Noche Navegable begins with a quote by Hunderwasser: “When colours are enveloped in the colour black, they shine in the dark”.


Salaberría lifts up colour to leave parts of the images in black and white. The sparkling details of the fabrics stand out in the bodies of women, men and children, people who live close to the river. The market is a meeting point, where colours shine and stand out despite the everyday precariousness of these lives. The look of the artist focuses on the glow, on the almost pictorial composition of that which he is observing.


The resources of video edition allow the author to turn reality into something very close to a moving painting. Colours appear and disappear, guiding the spectator’s gaze towards specific details: a handkerchief, a dress or a tone: red, yellow, green...

If for Diario Dogón Salaberría made use of the classic tools of narrative documentary cinema, in La Noche Navegable we perceive a different look at Africa. This is a look that remains amazed at the difference, that is still surprised by the vitality and the warmth of its people.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: La Noche Navegable
  • Direction: Iñigo Salaberria
  • Production: Molinare S.A. Madrid. C.I.N.T. Vitoria-Gasteiz. 1993.
  • Duration: 00:16:35
  • Original format: Betacam Digital
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright