, 1987-1988, 75 minutes
Colour, Sound (Optical), 16mm
The Kali films show phantasies of sexuality and violence that are under taboo in the official culture. In the plains of the Kali Film we find the pictures for our own 'low' instincts. Kali is the mother goddess in the Indian Hindu mythology. She is the bearing and at the same time the killing and castrating woman. Men have been fearing her might since primitive times. The 'women film' reflects an image of the Kali today.
"We occupy ourselves with sexuality and violence in the trivial film, even more precise, in the horror and women-jail film. The crucial point is the transmitted image of women, which differs markedly from that in the 'art' film. Trivial films are real psychodramas where primitive, mostly suppressed desires and imaginations are expressed. In any case we have to ask ourselves how these images of women arise and what they mean to men and women. By means of film extracts we want to discuss the validity of traditional sex roles, especially in what concerns sexuality." - W. & B. H.
"Also among women sexuality has got something to do with sweat and spittle and other juices." - B.H.
Comprising of seven parts, Kali Film is an exploration of the taboos of our official culture that surface in low budget "exploitation" movies. A devastating montage in homage to the spirit of the goddess Kali, sex films, horror movies and war pictures are cut-up and refilmed to disturbing and provocative effect.--Tom Heslop