Growing Soul - My Daughter's Ritual Journey| 30mins
Director: Christine Fentz | Producer: DR, Turbine Film APS and Secret Hotel
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Denmark
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 childâ€™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 childrenâ€™s savings account in the form of four sheep and a goat.
The documentary Growing Soul â€“ My Daughterâ€™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. â€œShe should come to Russia and be cultured,â€ 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 fatherâ€™s background and culture, and Benedikte wants to pass the best from both cultures on to her daughter.