Aleph : Directed by Joao Butoh | KIFF 2021 (season 1) submission

Aleph has been submitted to KIFF 2021 in "Best Dance Category" section.

To live or not to live in the shadow of society. Can politics, religion, and ethnicity force you to live up to established standards? What is the price of your happiness? Live your life or live the life that others attribute to you?

What is the weight of living in a society that punishes you, kills you, criticizes you, takes away your civil rights, marginalizes you, due to prejudice or a Disability Issue.

"We, who had nothing, will teach serenity." GEORGIOS SEFERIADIS (1900-1971)

The movie was shot in the rain at age-old locations in 2012 but after the editing, Anil

Barve (director) and Sohum Shah (main lead) weren't satisfied with it.

They were not able to achieve what they set out to do. It was then re-written and re-shot and the filming was completed in May 2015.

JOAO BUTOH - Film-maker

Joao Butoh is a multidisciplinary Brazilian artist.

Always seeking qualification for the complete artist. He is passionate about the image, which wove his universe in the language of theater and dance. Also in visual arts, scenography, creation, and the making of costumes or as a journalist he always maintained a close and fertile relationship.

He produced and directed several dozen commercial and institutional films for events and dance companies.

He started with the butoh dance in 1983, when he founded the Ogawa Butoh Center. It is considered the greatest exponent of Latin American butoh, with dozens of international awards for more than 50 butoh shows created and produced for Ogawa and other dance and theater companies and the participation of events in Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, Portugal, England , United States, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil.

He participated in the celebrations of 50 years of butoh in Bangkok-Thailand. ALEPH is his first short film.

Short Bio: Environment and Development of United Nations Conference in Rio de Janeiro - ECO 92, 1. Uni Modern Dance Festival in Kaiserslautern - Germany 2. Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Augsburg - Germany (award for Best Costumes / Best Scenery and the jury as the best Entertainment), Gran Gran Fiesta / Queen Elizabeth Hall - London, Camden Green Fair / Free Camden Garden - London, The Rising Sun Institute / Festival Reading and Bracknell / Bracknell - England, San Francisco Butoh Festival in the United States, Festival de Teatro de Curitiba- PR, of Newtown Neworks Cultural Festival in Sydney Australia, 6th and 7to Encuentro de Teatro En El Corazon Del Mercosur in Argentina, 2nd International Festival of Popular Theater in Mexico, XXXI Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico, 3. and 6. Internationale AIDS- Tanzgala in Regensburg - Germany, The 5TH International Butoh Festival Thailand 2009, 3 nyoba Kan Butoh Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and 6TH International Butoh Festival Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand, Encuentro Latinoamericano de Butoh en la Mitad del Mundo – Quito-Equador, Anniversary Gala of the ten years of the Youth America Grand Prix Brazil - "Stars of Today meet the Stars of Tomorrow" at the Teatro Alfa in Sao Paulo, 2nd Encuentro Latinoamericano de Butoh in Mexico City, São Paulo Fashion Week, among others.

Watch the trailer:


Genre: Dance Drama

Run time: 29 minutes

Director: Joao Butoh

Screenwriter: Joao Butoh

Key Cast: Joao Butoh

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