24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
“There are many teachings in the world – karate, aikido, tai chi, yoga. But none teach you purification. Only kalado,” says the film’s protagonist, the performance artist Sai Kijima. As the viewer listens to his introspective commentary, the camera show him exploring the limits of the body with his strange movements. Kalado is a tool for getting to know oneself, for questioning ingrained ideas about oneself, and for finding one’s hidden identity. The film captures the ritual nature of Kijima’s performances and the manner in which he lets deeply rooted traumas flow forth in a cleansing outburst of creativity.
“When I met Sai, I was captivated above all by the fact that he dances and cleans. I was interested in finding Kalado. When we finished filming, he said ‘Life is misunderstanding. Misunderstanding is understanding. This is Kalado.’” T. Tara
Tereza Tara (1983) is a Czech director and artist. While still a student of documentary film at FAMU, she shot the award-winning film Fish ’n’ Pills (2007) about the issue of contraceptive pills. The 2010 Ji.hlava IDFF showed her film Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2010) about Czech soldiers on foreign missions suffering from PTSD. Besides making films, she also organizes self-awareness courses for women.
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|cast:||Sai Kijima, Anna Tanouli|
|photography:||František Jakubec, Václav Pavlíček, Lubomír Ballek|
|sound:||Nastya Kasyanenko Kasyanenko|