The Earth on Its Axis, We in our Skin: The Tantra of Embodiment

HD, 2015, 80 minutes, with Spanish Subtitles, Director Nicolás Grandi

A captivating spiritual and political conversation about the contemporary relevance of tantra, a philosophy that honors embodiment and all matter as alive.

The Earth on its Axis, We in our Skin is a captivating spiritual and political conversation about the contemporary relevance of tantra, a philosophy that honors embodiment and celebrates all matter as alive. Tantric ideas have been at the core of all wisdom traditions though religions in their dominant forms have tended to disparage them. The dialogue is propelled by deeply felt questions posed by Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte. Lata Mani responds with an increasingly layered exposition of ideas and practices. Building from the concept of “isness,” she continually integrates the spiritual with the analytical and the political and insistently returns to the body as site of intelligence and ground of practice. Nicolás Grandi artfully stages the encounter, interweaving and extending it with music and poetry in visual interludes of arresting beauty.

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Nicolás Grandi is a filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist and educator. More here.

Lata Mani has published on feminism and colonialism, illness, spiritual philosophy and contemporary politics. She occasionally experiments with image and sound. More here.

Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte is an environmental and human rights lawyer. More here.

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