The Eye Above the Well 1988
Het oog boven de put (original title)
1h 34min | Documentary | 29 September 1988 (Netherlands)
A poetic depiction of life and ritual in the south Indian state of Kerala. We see how knowledge is passed down from generation to generation: within the family, through the village economy, and especially from teachers to students. Performance footage shows how song, dance, martial arts, and religion constitute the building blocks of a culture.
I cannot comment on the subject matter since the film simply has to be seen for it to be grasped. That the idea(s) in the film can hardly, or not as effectively, be expressed in any other medium, serve to credit cinema. Above its existential/philosophical accomplishment, this film can also stand as proof, above most others, of cinema as a medium of expression. This film had an hypnotic effect on me. It is the depiction of a world view — a near impossible task in itself –, and a beautiful one at that.
Director: Johan van der Keuken
Writer: Johan van der Keuken
Release Date: 29 September 1988 (Netherlands)
Also Known As: The Eye Above the Well