Listening to stories of drowning in my grandmother’s family history
Having resurfaced from my recent immersion in the timeless landscape of Southern Bohemia, I am now reflecting back on the experience of filming the four generations, from a distance.
As mentioned in my earlier blog entry, about this year’s filming, the focus of this summer has been “water”.
On the most basic level, water functioned as a tactile trigger. In the heat of the day, it became a life giving force, literally, waking us up and cooling our bodies, as well as introducing a playful and connecting element. It became an excuse to explore touch, touching, each other’s skin.
While our play carried loose connotations to baptism as a form of purification and rebirth, the intention of this “ritual” was more simple: to introduce an element of play and touch, beyond words. To embody rather than describe.
Or, to simply become more present to the passing moment.
Below: staging our own water ritual
Images: Stills from footage by Tereza Stehlikova, Chvalkov 2018
Other relevant links:
4 Generations Women – water reflections 2018 https://cinestheticfeasts.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/4-generations-women-water-reflections/
Healing the Mother Wound: https://womboflight.com/why-its-crucial-for-women-to-heal-the-mother-wound