Archive of films The Eye above the Well / Het oog boven de put
1988, 90 min
Section: Johan van der Keuken
This documentary from Kerala in India initiates the viewer into oriental forms of teaching, handed down over the centuries. But even the rich harmonic rhythms and traditional methods of the Indian countryside have been marred by the destructive unrest of civilisation.
This documentary from Kerala in India introduces Western audiences to Oriental forms of teaching which have been handed down for generations. Perhaps the most eloquent is the “singing lesson” during which the boys adopt the nuances of vocal melodies through their guru, who turns their heads to the right and left in rhythmical movements. Their blood is suffused with melody and rhythm as their bodies adopt various postures. This seemingly inconspicuous spectacle is one of the many variations of the teacher-pupil relationship witnessed in the different methods of teaching dance, martial arts, song, acting and writing. The camera, often positioned on a small boat, sways engagingly to the rhythm of the waves as if it, too, wanted to feel the pulse of the landscape and its inhabitants, a pulse which only becomes tangible through the camera itself. But even these harmonic rhythms which thrive in the Indian countryside, have already been disturbed by the destructive unrest of civilisation....
About the film
Black & white, 16 mm
|Section:||Johan van der Keuken|
|Director:||Johan van der Keuken|
|Screenplay:||Johan van der Keuken|
|Dir. of Photography:||Johan van der Keuken|
|Music:||K.V.B. Ramana Rao|
|Editor:||Jop Dop, Johan van der Keuken|
|Producer:||Noshka van der Lely, Johan van der Keuken|
|Production:||Lucid Eye Films|