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India is the Soul of Our Planet and Needs to Take its Place for This: Renata Keller,German filmmaker


“Is it possible to live a more peaceful and creative life on our planet? In a time when the state of the planet poses important questions: What is life worth to us? And what do we still consider sacred?” asks Renata Keller, a filmmaker based in Germany and Switzerland.


These questions inspired the Director to meet the Indian mystic, philosopher and grassroots activist Vimala Thakar (1921 – 2009). It was an encounter that deeply inspired and changed Renata’s life. Almost twenty years later, she researches the profound work of this fascinating woman again in the context of our time, and translates her urgent call for holistic thinking and action into a cinematic work of art.


The film In the fire of dancing stillness – Reflections with Vimala Thakar shows the impressive life of an independent Indian woman who sensed the new potential of human coexistence by turning inwards to explore inner life.


Through Renata’s film we meet a female spiritual seeker who went against accepted norms in the middle of the 20th century. Thakar studied the Vedas and Upanishads, and learned Sanskrit. She struggled passionately to find her own linguistic expression that would convey and communicate her heart‘s desire for inner and outer peace. The film director takes us on an explorative journey where we first meet Vimala Thakar as a young woman.


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