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|Know the Truth|
Actors: Kuut, Saint
Directors: Kuut, Saint
Award Winner: New York Independent Film Festival Know the Truth — Uncovers secrets of the unknown Once you have watched this film, you are guaranteed to accomplish 1 or more of these powerful abilities. Never before see... more »
A rather existential film, and interesting, too!
Lefty Fromme | Oklahoma City, OK US | 07/03/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm 35 and have a new age gift shop, and recently picked up this film at an industry trade show (a demo). This would probably not have been something I would have ordered out of a catalogue, but I'm glad someone stuck it in my bag with a few other freebies.
First, to introduce the creators:
Kuut (from Italy) and Saint (Brazil) are two gents who have written, directed, and starred in this award-winning independent film. They also created the trance music that runs throughout, under their band name Exus. The images of the film (otherwise a "how-to" video) overlay psychedelic backgrounds.
I would recommend this film to people to play at raves or parties for the visuals alone -- they're really fun! But I liked it for other reasons as well.
Second, for a couple of guys who are using English as a second language, they've done a great job communicating their ideas.
Kuut and Saint describe what they term "Energy Work". This seems to be a blend of indigenous shamanistic workings. Strangely, it is non-religious (or if it is, they do not make any references to any particular deities, calling it only "Energy"). There are elements of Voudon, Santeria, gypsy magic, and others I could not place. They do not specify the origins, on the video or on their website. Quite frankly some of it remided me of the witch doctor from Scooby Doo, but in a good way.
They use dice, tarot cards, candle magic, herbal baths, cowrie shell divination, and several other methods to achieve the workings. I thought I had seen just about everything, but some of it was very new to me. Like I said, I run a new age gift shop, so this is saying something.
The special features section goes into some depth about the various workings, like the cowrie shells, dice, and herbal baths. I thought these were very interesting and plan to try some of them when reading for my customers.
Others were not explained very well, just enough to either inspire you to explore them on your own, or to tease. The stone divination is an example of this, just a brief sentence for each stone. Experienced readers can take this information and run away with it, while newer students may not know what to make of it. This is why I gave it only 3 stars, although I would have liked to give it four.
Saint promises "a future episode" in which they will explain more of the methods. I found myself wanting to know about them NOW, so I hope that they will live up to their promise!
Third, about the face paint...
On the disc jacket, they say, "may you see the future in the drawings on our heads". I did not have any personal revelations myself, but I felt they added a favorable element of uh, something existential.
Fourth, the music video:
Didn't care for it. Sorry. Nice prayer, nice visuals, but I didn't like the music. (I do think I'll get the film soundtrack, though.)
Overall I was pretty impressed with this disc. It's definitely not your everyday magic, especially when so much of the stuff on the market today is wiccawiccawicca. Not that there's anything wrong with Wicca, mind you, it's just so predictable and mainstream. This was a breath of really fresh air in an otherwise nag-champa'ed world.
Would I sell it, though? I will definitely offer this flick for in-shop use, let some of my trusted customers review it. Based on feedback, I would seriously consider carrying both it and the soundtrack in my shop.
Holli Kerr, Owner
Once Upon A Silver Moon