Dancing In Fire (Documentary)


Madison Community Arts Center Sat, Jun 8 3:00 PM
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rhamesh Khadka
Produced By:Al Pach


Post-screening discussion to follow with Al Pach and Ramesh Khadkh. DANCING IN FIRE documents for the first time the spirit and deity possession seances and the sacred Khalikhane fire-walking ceremony that occurred in a Hindu village in the Kathmandu Valley. It is an audio-visual sensory and multi-storied exploration of the experiences and responses to traumatic loss and suffering, and the transformative effects of communal ceremony and ritual healing. The documentary was produced over six weeks of continuous filming to capture the immersive rituals, music and dance of the Khalikhane ceremony and the embodied, possession testimonies of ancestral spirits who describe their unnatural, often violent, deaths that have left them trapped as wandering spirits. The film concludes with a joyous community celebration of the success of the ceremony.