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The art of calligraphy evokes Islamic heritage, culture, and tradition. In early Islam the use of Arabic writing is sacred, and official texts gave rise to a wonderful profusion of scripts and a calligraphic tradition that has flourished for over a thousand years—not only in manuscript decoration but also in architecture, ceramics, and painting.
Grandson of India Regina, the only remaining remnant of the
“hunting of Indians” in the in search of rubber, Osmildo fights for ransom of the Kuntanawa origins, as well as the mother tongue, the differentiated indigenous school, the sacred rituals,
of traditional medicine and his demarcated land.
Recently transferred from Dečani near Monica, after 28 years living as a monk, Father Arsenie, Belgradian, a cult figure from the ’80-is, is now engaged in restoring and creating a spiritual and cultural center in the Monastery of Ribnica, which had been destroyed by the Turks in the 19th century. By reminiscing about his complex past, Father Arsenie takes us into his daily life: the scenes intertwine with his daily activities as a monk; prayer, service and culturing Orthodoxy come first. Father Arsenie is also a very talented painter, writer, and sculptor, so as we listen to his answers to questions on faith and finding love for god, we also discover his artistic creativity. We learn of when and how he had found his meaning of life through Orthodoxy and complete dedication to the spiritual life as we hear about his transformation in New York, where he lived as a young man. This intimate portrait of a contemporary, unusual monk with a higher cause is accompanied by just as vivid, unlimited beauty of nature in the landscapes that surround the Monastery of Ribnica.
Every year the inhabitants of San Ignacio de Moxos, a large Amazonian village in northern Bolivia, celebrate Ichapekene Fiesta, a festival that reinterprets the Moxeño myth of the victory of the founding father of the city, the Jesuit Ignacio de Loyola and mixes it with indigenous traditions. The festival lasts a week night and day, with processions, drums, songs, dances and games with the bulls. The greatest representation of the victory of San Ignacio involves 12 “sun warriors” who wear extraordinary feathers and fight against the guardians of the sacred flag, the ancient masters of the forest and water, before defeating them and converting them to Christianity. This rite can be considered an act of faith, by the villagers but also a constant rebirth, which allows the Moxeños to be reborn in the Christian tradition but in agreement with their ancestors. The main procession includes 48 distinct groups of participants disguised as ancestors and animals and embodies the respect and harmony of nature. Accompanied by bright firecrackers (which symbolize the gift of light), drums and baroque music joke and laugh with each other accompanying the statue of the saint through the streets of the town.
Susurrus ( ‘whispers, echoes of the past’) is a metaphysical journey to Eastern Europe borderlands seen through the eyes of a young woman. Pristine, ancient forests, pagan sculptures and dense, resonating sounds of forgotten villages echo the vanishing world of deep-rooted beliefs. There, a man is a part of nature and magical acts have causative power. Old rituals are still practiced by local folk healers, old women known as whisperers. Working with human fears and hopes, they oscillate on the border of two spiritual worlds.
One day we visted small village in southeast India, near border with Bengal. There are Theatre House, where a lot of artist from all the world are practicing acting, singing, dancing… Places set up by Abani Biswas, leader of Milon Mela project. He was one of the collaborators polish theatrical director Jerzy Grotowski. Jerzy Grotowski was interested in work and philosophy small group of singers call Bauls. Baul is someone who is going very simple way and step by step he is knowing the world.
Three years ago we were able to record the material on Bauls, during our stay at the festival.
Why was Jerzy Grotowski interested in Bauls? Who are they?
According to Tagore, they are the perpetual wanders who follows their spiritual path, singing.
They walk thought the world in Search for God – the “Man of heart”. In most case they come from the lower reaches but they don’t care about their background – Muslim or Hindu.
Bauls means crazy. It someone who questions social older – the rituals, scriptures, temples, images of goods, holy places, pilgrims, religious symbols and also caste system
During our journey inspired by the work of the famous Polish theatre artist Jerzy Grotowsky, we discovered Bauls, the perpetual wanders, called „The people of hart”.
“Like yourself” tells some stories of encounter between believers from different countries within the diocese of Milan. The different experiences express different degrees of this process of knowledge and coexistence.
Eve was made from Adam’s rib. Everybody knows that. But… does the Bible actually say it? In this delightful short film, Bible scholar Lizzie Berne DeGear teams up with animator Martha Mapes to breathe new life into an old story we all thought we knew.
Sualkuchi is a well known village in India’s north – east, famous for its Muga & Paat silk clothes. The entire village is also inspired by 15th–16th century Assamese polymath saint-scholar Mahapurush Shrimanta Sankardev’s ideals and the residents of Sualkuchi actively practice and propagate Vaishnavism. One of the main festivals of Sualkuchi is ‘Sankardev’s Janmotsav’. Presently this festival is celebrated every year for a span of 4 days. To make sure that the roads remain clean and in good condition during the festival days, the villagers arrange devotional shows on the roads, a day before the celebrations start. Teams performing devotional street plays travel around the village. So the villagers use to clean the streets on that day for the smooth travel of the performers. This amazing idea of cleanliness makes Sualkuchi a unique village. The stated purpose of devotional street plays is to clean the roads but the primary intent is to propagate devotion to Lord Krishna.