Michael Oppitz : How to make film in rugged mountains?
Time: 2019.07.26 Friday 7PM - 9PM
Address: Institute for Provocation, 4th Floor, ZUCZUG Space, B7-4A, 1st North Street, 798 Art District, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Organizer: Moonchu Foundation
Imagine a ten days’ walk through Himalayan mountains; imagine heavy Arri film equipment as used in the late 1970ies; imagine a local society in which nobody has ever seen a film; and imagine a village with no electric light; … and you have the conditions for a film as indicated in the title.
The idea to make a film in such a remote place was generated by two observations: first, by the fact that in this closed society everyday life and mythology mingled into an indistinguishable whole - that no difference could be observed between religious practice and mundane activities. And secondly, that this form of shamanistic rituals displayed an amazing similarity with practices long eradicated in the classical area of Siberia. In the region of the film, one could look back into a ritual tradition that goes back further than the great traditions of the Book, such as Buddhism,Hinduism, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism or Christianity.