Spiralling Into Desire

Year: 2022
Country: India
Director: Roohi Dixit
Runtime: 15 min.
Spiralling into Desire is a Movement X Film collaboration that traces a woman's descent into her deep body to access and retrieve her true autonomy. The film draws parallels from the first epic poem 'The descent of Innana' which narrates the story of  the Sumerian goddess Innana's  descent into the underworld, to visit her sister Ershikegel - the queen of the dead.  Separated, the two sisters represent the Madonna/Whore split, a dangerous consequence of patriarchy. The descent begins the journey towards the healing of this split.  

This experimental film is set at the intersection of cinema, movement arts, psychology and spirituality. Inspired by the practice and discipline of authentic movement and natural dreamwork, the film builds on both - the creative process and the witnessing process, as it explores the question ‘how do we hold desire in our bodies’.  

Bringing together dancer, authentic movement and mental health practitioner Brinda Jacob-Janvrin, filmmakers Roohi Dixit and Ziba Bhagwagar, this experiential film is a visceral journey into the liminal space inhabited by the mover as she navigates the inner and outer worlds.