CINE-TRANCE, n. - a special creative possession-like state induced through the lens of the camera, involving the filmmaker, her subjects, and her audience. The term was invented and developed by the pioneering filmmaker Jean Rouch through his interest in ritual, possession, and the process of participatory filming. One of the most innovative anthropological filmmakers, Rouch insisted that no domain of sensory experience should be alien to anthropology, incorporating dreams, improvisation, and fantasy into his documentaries. For me, cine-trance means getting rid of filterings and the mesh of concepts, disorienting the linear thought, and totally surrendering to the events while filming.

 

MY TOTEMIC ANCESTORS - filmmakers
and films, which inspired me the most,
in no particular order.
Documentaries/Non-fiction
Picture of Light (Peter Mettler)
Forest of Bliss (Robert Gardner)
Les Maitres Fous (Jean Rouch)
State of Dogs (Peter Brossens)
Last Bolshevik (Chris Marker)
Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov)
Cannibal Tours (Dennis O'Rourke)
Genghis Blues (Roko & Adrian Belic)
Universal Clock (Geoff Bowie)
Joris Ivens, Stan Brackage, Maya Deren
Features

Mirror; Stalker; Solaris (Tarkovsky)
Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream (Kusturica)
Why has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East (Yong-Kyun Bae)
Silence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
Heart of Glass; Aguirre (Herzog)
Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia (Ulrike Ottinger)
Vivre sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)
Uccellacci e uccellini (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Ghost Dog; Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
Idiots (von Trier) MORE FILMS

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