The Backstage Of Tradition

A Film by Sarah Yona Zweig

Synopsis

What is it like to grow up into a world, which is on the verge of disappearing? Descending from a long line of actors in an ancient Indian theatre tradition, the ten-year-old Sreehari, searches for a stage on which to perform his art, in a world which leaves tradition behind in its quest for modernization.

The Backstage of Tradition accompanies Sreehari, a young actor in the “Kūṭiyāṭṭam” tradition, the last living remnant of ancient Indian drama. In the temple, Sreehari encounters “Kūṭiyāṭṭam” as a visual sacrifice to the gods, as a ritual which only those of the actors’ caste are allowed to perform there. At home, we see him with his parents, both distinguished “Kūṭiyāṭṭam” performers. Backstage, in the secular theater constructed by his parents outside the temple walls, Sreehari witnesses the paradox of tradition- in order to keep a tradition alive, one has to change it.

The Backstage of Tradition is a story about the transformations on and of the stage transferred into a secular world. It is a story about the ultimate stage- the human face and its transformations.

Director

  • Picture of Sarah Yona Zweig © Sarah Yona Zweig

    Sarah Yona Zweig

    Sarah Yona Zweig, grew up as a circus artist, immigrated to Israel and studied Talmud and Comparative Religion.
    The encounter with ancient Indian tempel theatre and the documentary filmer Nurith Aviv led her to search her language in cinema. Currently studies cinematography at the dffb (German Film and Television Academy Berlin).

Awards + Festivals

  • GOLDEN ORCHID INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Feature film program, USA)September 21, 2014
  • MUMBAI WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 2014
  • 16th MADURAI INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 2014
  • 3rd CHENNAI INT’L DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)January 25, 2015
  • *NOMINATION BEST FEATURE*
    5th FILUMS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pakistan)February 13, 2015
  • 33rd BERGAMO FILM MEETING 2015 – ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)March 7, 2015
  • *BRONZE REMI AWARD*
    48th WORLDFEST HOUSTON - HOUSTON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)April 10, 2015
  • STUDENT’S FILM FORUM FREIBURG (Competition, Germany)May 11, 2015
  • 4th ANTHROPOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jerusalem, Israel)November 18, 2015
  • 8th JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)January 2, 2016
  • *PRESIDENT’S AWARD WINNER*
    4th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, USA) February 26, 2016
  • INTERNATIONAL ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM FESTIVAL OF QUEBEC (FIFEQ) (Official Selection, Canada)March 15, 2016

Crew

Director
Sarah Yona Zweig
Screenplay
Rotem Elroy, Sarah Yona Zweig
Producer
Sarah Yona Zweig
Director Of Photography
Itamar Mendes-Flohr
Editor
Sandro Cannova
Sound-Design
Christian Klotzbücher

Details

Running Time
46:49
Screening Format
DCP (24fps), BluRay, DVD, .mov
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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10961 Berlin, Germany

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