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Growing Soul - My Daughter's Ritual Journey| 30mins
Director: Christine Fentz | Producer: DR, Turbine Film APS and Secret Hotel
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Denmark
Subject Tags: belief, culture, denmark, europe, global
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
We follow a family reunion out of the ordinary when three-year-old Jasmin and her mother Benedikte set out on a long journey to Tuva in Siberia. Here they encounter a distant Siberian father Nazyn, a holy tree and a society that revolves around shamanistic beliefs. Jasmin and Benedikte travel from Denmark to Siberia in order to carry out a Tuvian hair cutting ritual: a child’s hair must remain uncut until it reaches the age of three, and as the tradition prescribes, Jasmin receives her haircut by the whole family, along with a Tuvan children’s savings account in the form of four sheep and a goat. The documentary Growing Soul – My Daughter’s Ritual Journey revolves around how it feels to rejoice with a father you barely know, and whether it is possible for two parents, who are six time zones apart, to raise a child together when their cultures are so different. “She should come to Russia and be cultured,” her father states; implying that life in Tuva will toughen Jasmine up. As an anthropologist, Benedikte has studied Tuva extensively and is familiar with Tuvan culture, however as a mother she is confronted with the differences between man and woman, beliefs, and not least: child-raising traditions. Regardless of the distance, both parents want their daughter to know her father’s background and culture, and Benedikte wants to pass the best from both cultures on to her daughter.
Growing Soul - My Daughter's Ritual Journey | 30mins

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