VIFF shout out for Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames

Marion Woodman

Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames is a spiritual journey that asks us to rethink our relationship with the earth, life, and death.

From the VIFF calendar:

"What if life and death are not divided against each other but are instead part of a mysterious, harmonious whole? That's the thesis and the challenge of Adam Reid's enlightening documentary about spiritual intellectual Marion Woodman."

"If the intellectual’s dream is to find space for true happiness amid the dangers of fearless thinking, we have a genuine success story in Marion Woodman. A Jungian analyst, author and educator, she’s renowned for her contributions to feminist thought, the study of addiction, and the endeavour to join spirituality with professional psychology. This probing, inspiring documentary radiates passion and intellectual curiosity - indeed, it’s about the essential link between the two. As a thinker, Woodman draws on religion and myth to explain the mind; hers is a philosophy of dynamic opposites, the bridging of seeming contradictions. Life and death, love and grief, courage and submission are not at loggerheads for her - they’re part of a harmonious whole.

Director Adam Reid draws on the animated films of Faith Hubley, incorporating their mythical imagery into the interview footage of Woodman, devoted husband Ross, and colleague and disciple Andrew Harvey. The animation is both abstract and explicitly religious, sometimes within the same shot. It’s a perfect complement to the subjects’ lucid musings: while the words cover the inner world of the mind, Hubley provides a backdrop of gods and creatures, rich colour and beautiful, shifting patterns. The visceral and the intellectual bleed into one radiant force in this film - that’s its special pleasure."

This enlightening film will screen tomorrow, Sunday at 12:20pm, at the Empire 7 Theatres on Granville Street.

Click here for a link to tickets.

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