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TEYYAM of Gods, Heroes and Ancestors. (first cut)

Kerala, India. 
HD 1920/1080
Filmed from 2016 to 2019
(Completed in post in September  2021)


Synopsis: 

Cultic and ritualistic arts have always exerted a great influence on the social life in India, especially Kerala, the home of a myriad range of performing traditions.
Prominent among these is the ritualistic art form of Teyyam.

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During two months of the year, regardless of caste, social function, income, gender and age, people attend Teyyam rituals  to seek blessings, ward off evil spirits, cure disease, have a healthy child-birth, settle disputes, and gain advice and prosperity from the Gods.

Notes on the filming:

Filming a Teyyam ritual is often as much a feat of endurance as it is a technical and logistical challenge.  It goes on and on…and never stops.
By following one of the principle Theyyam performers — a man named Jayanandan Peruvannan — the film will provide an intimate look at some of these Theyyams ceremonies and the complex preparations and rituals that surround them.

 

THE ACTOR:
Jayanandan Peruvannan’s family can claim many generations of actors.  
The weight of that responsibility is evident, as is the studied discipline and intensity in which Jayanandan assumes his role.
 We’re allowed to witness his transformation, as his persona rises to the status of a God.

Vayanattu Kulavan Teyyam. Neeliath Sree Vayanattu Kulavan Kavu. Kannur. 2019

To see a Teyyam ritual is to believe in it. That is the only way to begin to approach, or at least attempt to imagine, the transcendent state that its players and participants are able to achieve.

A few Gods and Goddesses of Teyyam

GULIKAN. 

BHAGAVATI

KARINCHAMUNDI

MUTTHAPAN

KANDANAR KELAN

There are between 400 and 600 Teyyam rituals still practiced today. 
Over 20 of these rituals have been filmed for this documentary. 
It was edited between 2017 and 2021 with each year bringing more materials.

Over 200 hours of footage in total have been recorded.
The release of the documentary in 2 parts (85′ each) has been postponed to an indefinite date and the rituals have been interrupted in 2020 and 2021
because of Covid.

Screening Rooms:

Teyyam Of Gods, Heroes & Ancestors

Part One (85')

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Part Two (85')

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2020- 2012

2020

 

The Defenders of the forest. 

(environmental series in Kalimantan, Indonesia) with UNDP  (project cancelled)

Theyyam of Gods , Heroes and Ancestors. (long version)

At the Cannes Market.
https://cinando.com/zh/Company/golden_rabbit_films_8978/Detail

https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/infos-communiques/communique/articles/cannes-marche-du-film-2020-online-from-monday-22-to-friday-26-june

Theyyam film at Festival Europe by Europe and member of jury (cancelled)

https://evropafilmakt.com/2020/jury/present/

2019

Travels, Filming and Interviews in Kerala with Indian and Keralite scholars for

the documentary about the Theyyams rituals.

Inuit lands, The Melting Point at the Napa college (California)
https://napavalleycollege.libguides.com/c.php?g=961920

 

2018

Inuit Lands, the Melting Point in Sweden and Russia.

https://www.hivshu.net/post/inuit-lands-the-melting-point-an-official-trailer-for-the-documentary


2017

Inuit lands, the Melting Point at the 31 st wine Film festival /Glenn Ellen Film festival, California

Jack London Spirit award 

https://www.sonomanews.com/article/entertainment/wine-county-film-fest-returns/

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/lifestyle/berger-on-wine-the-effects-of-the-fires-on-north-coast-wine/

https://cinando.com/en/Film/inuit_lands_the_melting_point_260856/Detail


2016

https://filmfreeway.com/1347937
Inuit Lands The Melting Point at Explorers Club NYC

https://explorers.org/events/detail/film_screening_inuit_lands_the_melting_point

Inuit Lands The Melting Point at INA (National audiovisual Institute)

https://www.screenopsis.com/www/program/56d9b341-a041-4d07-a388-b458cfe0c73f/home


2015

High train to Tibet Explorers club NYC

https://explorers.org/events/detail/nyc_film_screening_high_train_to_tibet1

Inuit Lands The Melting Point & Master Class

at Europe by Europe film Festival in Paris, France

http://evropafilmakt.com/2015/en/

http://evropafilmakt.com/2015/gallery/2015-03-21-master-class-de-patrick-morell/

Inuit Lands the Melting Point at COP 21. Paris, France

ttp://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2015/11/11/indigenous-people-take-steps-to-have-a-voice-in-cop21.html


2014 

High Train to Tibet at INA (National Audio visual Institute of France)

https://www.screenopsis.com/www/program/c06a5ea4-3e6a-48db-bec7-a0c9c35743d6/home


2012

NAGALAND The Last of the Headhunters

at Margaret Meade film festival
NYC

https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/archives/2012/films/nagaland-the-last-of-the-headhunter

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