A Closer Look at LAAPFF’s Spirited Away Program

This unique set of eclectic works do more than define humanity’s relationship with Nature. There’s spirits, wisdom and counter-culture to be found in each.

Film FestivalA Sip of Water

This documentary looks at what being a (Korean) Shaman is. Interestingly, these people are not respected in Korean society. They are considered unlucky and though this short by Hyuna Cho does not explain all the details, I could see why they are feared because of the supernatural forces they are tuned into. They exist to deliver messages to those willing to listen. As for those who don’t, well, nothing can be done and it’s not expected everyone will follow those words of wisdom.

According to Korea.net, all the major religions peacefully coexist with shamanism. While this practise is mostly  about divination, there’s much more to it than meets the eye. This hauntingly colourful animated work beautifully expresses what else these practitioners do when they are not called upon for help. They are often meditating.

Part of what they do is comforting. Yes, they can talk to the dead and commune with various deities, but there’s more to this practice depending on where that shaman is from. All anyone has to do is look at those lands where the tribes have not contacted modern man. Some are regarded as healers, and others specialize in last rites. But in this case, perhaps all that’s needed to believe is to take a sip from a blessed water to have their eyes wide open instead of shut.

Author: Ed Sum

I'm a freelance videographer and entertainment journalist (Absolute Underground Magazine, Two Hungry Blokes, and Otaku no Culture) with a wide range of interests. From archaeology to popular culture to paranormal studies, there's no stone unturned. Digging for the past and embracing "The Future" is my mantra.

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