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Sacred traditions of the Bali Hindu culture are revealed with evocative images, music, sounds and words. Ceremonies for fire, water, and air portray a sense of Balinese spirit in this poetic experimental documentary.

  • Mara Alper
    See Director Biography and Vimeo site for credits
  • Mara Alper
  • Mara Alper
  • Mara Alper
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • New film
Distribution Information
  • Mara Alper
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mara Alper

Kampo Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Zebra Poetry Festival, Berlin
Dallas Museum of Fine Art
Folkwang Museum, Düsseldorf
Sadho Poetry Film Fest, Delhi, India
Social Change Film Fest, Indonesia
Dance Theater Workshop, NYC
Mexican Cultural Center, Denver, CO
National Arts Club, NYC
Duke University Institute of the Arts
Westbeth Gallery, NYC
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
La Mama La Galleria, NYC
Dance Screen Festival, Berlin
Video Dance Festival (Paris, Malta)
Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, N.C.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Rose Cinema
Berliner Sommerfest der Literaturen
Triangle Television, Auckland, New Zealand
Cinema Wixarika, Guadalajara, Mexico
Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NYPBS/WNET "Independent Focus”
The Learning Channel--
"The Independents: Through Her Eyes”
KANAL-4 Germany
PBS/KEDT-TV, Corpus Christi, TX

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Director Statement

Balinese life is suffused with a sense of community, spirit and art. Beyond the tourist attractions lies a profound connection to nature, ancestors and extended family that expresses itself through rituals and art. The Balinese believe that if you make things beautiful, the gods will come visit, so every offering and ceremony is exquisite. Studying the arts of wayan kulit shadow puppets and legong dance allowed me to attend ceremonies often. As a filmmaker, I couldn’t resist recording these images and sounds to create an impression of the heart of Bali.