Film and Discussion with Ruedi Gerber & Chaim Cohen
Breath Made Visible (www.breathmadevisible.com), is about the life and career of Anna Halprin, who has helped redefine our notion of the interrelationships of art and peace with her belief in the power of every person on the planet to inspire, teach, heal, and transform at all ages of life. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with astonishing footage of her politically charged compositions, including the establishment of the first multiracial dance company, to weave a stunning, inspiring account of one of the most important living cultural icons. Breath Made Visible is a tribute to a woman who cannot stand still when faced with hatred, injustice, discrimination and violence. The film follows her whimsical, soul-stirring expressiveness, revealing the cultural bleed of her staging and style.
The joys of Breath Made Visible are pure and numerous. It inspires us to realize the peace making is not about how an NGO or an activist looks, but how we feel about each other. In this film, Anna Halprin deals with all the rage, fear, and grief of the prospect of impending death, the ultimate “end game” that too many people in areas of violence and conflict face on a daily basis. The film inspires us to engage each other and ourselves in new ways, ways that the “peace camp” world typically stops short. The film renders the spirit of Halprin’s singular approach to life and her work in an emotionally palpable way.
Breath Made Visible blissfully documents not just Halprin’s life and chronological oeuvre, but the shimmering evolution of how we can relate to and engage ourselves and each other. The film provides all peace activists with the inspiration to make our breathes and voices visible, to transform our words about peace and reconciliation into visible action. This film inspires all who see it to be creative and passionate in all one’s endeavors, to realize the truth of “we breathe to live, we don’t live to breathe.”