notes on mikvah
DirectorAsha Lyons Sumroy
The filmmaker collects notes on the Jewish water ritual mikvah, which slip into immersive, recollections of memories.
Mikvah, directly translated as a ‘collection [of water]’, a ritual immersion in water revolving around the body’s innate holiness and purposed towards marking transition – physical and transcendent, minute, and tectonic – becomes the visual language and essayistic frame for exploring the filmmaker’s own marking and ideas. As information and images are collected, and details and meanings of the ritual of the mikvah understood, so too are the feelings and thoughts which have brought the filmmaker to make the film. As they collect themselves, and the memories they recall underwater come closer to the present day, the truths they (re)claim become an offering on the way we evolve and love.