Andrea’s Sky recounts the unusual circumstances that lead Andrea, a young Bavarian, to become a Korean shaman. A personal and cultural revolution in which she puts her life on the line.

 

Andrea tells her story in the first person. Her initiation into Korean shamanism in 2007 was filmed. Her experience echoes with the places she has seen, which are filmed again, either with or without her.

 

Andrea becomes Kim Keum Hwa’s spiritual daughter. The famous shaman is considered a living national monument in her homeland. What is the nature of the bond these two women share? Their spiritual connection goes beyond any cultural or territorial frontiers.

 

Andrea’s initiation is a breath of life to a 3,000-year-old tradition. Shamanism has withstood the successive bans of Confucianism, Buddhism, and late 19th-century Christian evangelism which entered when Korea opened its doors to the outside world.

 

Andrea is a bridge between two very different worlds: Western Europe with its heritage of rational thought and the Far East, land of subtleties. She constantly revises her concepts of oriental civilization. She constantly reexamines her reading of others and their masks. The exotic and the inaccessible – frightening yet seductive. Andrea’s spiritual path is of the greatest rarity. Her classical pantheon cum Catholic heritage collide and meld with a complex and rich cosmology with roots sunk deep into ancient China and Korea. How can all these saints and spirits sit down at the same table and share the same sky?

 

Andrea’s Sky spins worrisome familiarity into image, text and music. It stretches the limits of our Western and ethnocentric points of view. Shamans say to dance is to heal, so let us dance on the fault lines of our certainties.